Jovonne Pope, 29, of Long Beach was killed in a four-vehicle Long Beach car accident on May 16, 2009, the Long Beach Press Telegram reports. Another 23-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was thrown from the back seat of an Acura when it slammed into three other cars at the intersection of Alamitos Avenue and Anaheim Street. She as well as a 9-year-old girl suffered critical personal injuries. The unidentified 23-year-old woman suffered major head trauma and a ruptured spleen among other injuries, but she is expected to survive. The woman apparently had brain cancer surgery in January.
Long Beach police are still looking into what caused this fatal car accident. It started with a car collision between a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling south on Alamitos, a 2000 Ford Escort traveling north on Alamitos and a red 1992 Acura Integra traveling east on Anaheim. The impact caused the Acura to smash into a traffic pole and into a fourth vehicle. No one else was injured in this Long Beach car accident.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jovonne Pope for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer them my deepest sympathies. I also hope the young woman and the 9-year-old make it through this ordeal. I wish them both the best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics, there were 39 deaths and 2,212 injuries in Long Beach as a result of car accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 fatalities and 56,475 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of car crashes.
In this case, the multiple car collisions appear to have started as a right-of-way issue. Based on the newspaper report, it would seem that one of the cars ran a red light and caused the car crash. The question is which one did it. The injured victims and the family of the deceased victim, Jovonne Pope, would be well advised to contact an experienced California car accident attorney who will help determine the facts of this case and hold the negligent parties accountable. Skilled personal injury attorneys should look into whether a dangerous intersection may have caused this deadly crash. If that was the case, the city of Long Beach or the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable.