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Long Beach, California — April 1, 2011

Police say a motorist is in custody under suspicion of drunk driving after he crashed in Long Beach on Friday night,  killing his female passenger.

The Long Beach Police Department reports that Los Angeles resident Heriberto Cervantes, 29, was headed northbound along Atlantic Avenue in a Toyota Camry around 11:45 p.m. Eyewitnesses say Mr. Cervantes was driving without headlights and failed to heed a red light at Wardlow Road, north of Interstate 405, nearly striking another vehicle.

Instead, he swerved and collided with a palm tree. Paramedics arrived, transporting Mr. Cervantes and his passenger, Anaheim resident Dana Acosta, 22, to a nearby hospital. Ms. Acosta was pronounced dead a short time later.

Upon his release from the hospital, Mr. Cervantes will be arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, gross vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving.  Those with information concerning the wreck are asked to call (562) 570-7355.

The National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found driver error was the primary cause in 90 percent of major traffic crashes.

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