In a devastating incident that occurred just past 2 a.m. near the 710 Freeway and 7th Street in Long Beach, a woman lost her life in a two-vehicle collision involving an ambulance. Preliminary reports indicate that a northbound car collided with a Long Beach Fire Department ambulance, ultimately striking the center median. Tragically, a female passenger in the car succumbed to her injuries at the scene. The driver, identified as 27-year-old Christian Castillas, was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Preliminary findings from the investigation suggest that speed and intoxication played pivotal roles in the accident. Fortunately, no one inside the ambulance sustained injuries. As a consequence of the investigation’s results, Castillas now faces charges of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony driving under the influence, causing bodily injury. His bail has been set at $100,000.