1 Killed and 7 Injured After Police Chase Ends in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Long Beach

Long Beach, CA (March 29, 2023) — One person is dead and several others are injured after a car involved in a police chase caused a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday night. The chase started at around 8:00 PM when a Seal Beach officer stopped a 2006 Lexus sedan for a Vehicle Code violation.

According to authorities, the car was occupied by a female driver, a 39-year-old male passenger, and an infant. When the officer began speaking to the driver, the male passenger got into the driver’s seat and sped away, fleeing northbound on Pacific Coast Highway. After five minutes of police pursuit, the Lexus crashed near Second Street, causing a multi-vehicle accident involving eight other vehicles. 

After the collision, the man driving the Lexus, identified as Chaz Lamar Long, fled on foot. He was taken into custody shortly after leaving the scene. It was found that he had an outstanding federal warrant for weapons violations.

In total, seven people were injured in the accident and one person died. The accident was so destructive that the Long Beach Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extract some victims from the wreck. The current conditions of these victims are unknown.

Source: Orange County Register

Our Attorneys Offer Their Condolences to the Victims

Our hearts go out to those who were affected by this horrible crash in Long Beach. Collisions like these are already devastating when they involve two cars. However, this crash not only ended up taking the life of an innocent bystander but also permanently altered the lives of those injured. We hope that those affected by this accident are able to find justice for their loss, whether due to their own injuries or the loss of a loved one.

Your Rights After an Accident Injury

In most accidents, there are negligent parties responsible for the crash, whether another driver, a government employee, or other entity. In any case, it’s important to know what damages you may pursue after being injured. In California, those with a personal injury due to no fault of their own may make a claim for a variety of losses, including:

  • Medical treatment costs,
  • Prescription medications,
  • Hospitalization fees,
  • Reduced earning capacity,
  • Lost wages during recovery,
  • Lower quality of life, and
  • Pain and suffering.

If you are a family member of someone who died in a crash caused by negligence, you may also seek damages for your suffering in the form of a wrongful death claim.

Need Help With Filing a Claim? Call Starpoint Law Today

Whether you or a family member was injured in this accident or one similar, we want to help in any way we can. At Starpoint Law, we use our extensive personal injury experience to advocate for our clients. Our attorneys work one-on-one with you throughout the entire process from start to finish. This means consistent updates on your case and providing advice every step of the way. With strong results and multiple industry recognitions, we know what is at stake for you and your family. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 310-424-9971.

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Aidin Ghavimi

Aidin is a partner at Starpoint LC, Attorneys at Law, and focuses on personal injury and employment law cases in and around Southern California. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola School of Law and his Bachelor’s from USC. Aidin’s primary goal is to bring justice to his clients and to ensure they are able to move on with their lives after a serious injury.

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