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Woman Killed On Long Beach Freeway By Wrong-Way Driver

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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:47 pm | Updated: 12:18 pm, Tue Nov 6, 2012.

A man suspected of driving while drunk is in jail today, accused of driving the wrong way on the 710 Freeway and killing one woman.

Long Beach police responded at 10 p.m. Friday to a report of an accident on the freeway between the Ninth Street on-ramp and the Sixth Street on-ramp, according to Nancy Pratt of the Long Beach Police Department. A preliminary investigation determined that the driver of a white 1997 Chevy Tahoe entered the southbound 710 Freeway at the Broadway offramp, travelling northbound.

Pratt said the truck struck a 1987 Honda Accord and a 2010 Toyota Corolla, both traveling south on the freeway. The passenger in the Honda, Tricia Esmond Cade of Long Beach, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 26-year-old woman driving the Honda had to be extricated from the car by the Long Beach Fire Department before being transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Corolla a 26-year-old Long Beach man, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to witnesses, the driver of the Tahoe got out of his truck and ran from the scene, but was detained until the police arrived. He was later identified as Derrick Armstrong, 33, of Buena Park.

Armstrong was arrested and booked for driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and hit and run causing death or injury, and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at 570-7355.

Harry Saltzgaver