1 Dead After Stalled Car Is Rear-Ended On 405 Freeway

LONG BEACH (CBS) — A woman was killed when her Mercedes-Benz stalled and was rear-ended by another car on a freeway in Long Beach, the California Highway Patrol reported Friday.

Vanessa Fulladosa, 23, of Palmdale, died at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 11:45 p.m. Thursday in the left lane of the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway, officials said.

Fulladosa’s 1997 Mercedes became disabled in far left lane, and she called 911 to report her location. Moments later, her car was rear-ended by a 2010 Mitsubishi Galant driven by a 34-year-old Long Beach man, the CHP reported.

The Mitsubishi was going about 65 mph when it hit the Mercedes. The Mitsubishi driver “failed to observe the 1997 Mercedes stopped in front of him and collided into its rear,” the CHP reported.

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  • El Dabe Edmond Sherif

    Terrible accident. My prayers go out to her family.

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  • john

    Law of motion at work here…
    And you guys wanted to increase the speed limit.

  • sfv41901

    Maybe it wasnt due to maintanence, could have been bad gas. Either way, my prayers go out to her family & loved ones.

    And they say its safer to stay in your car on the freeway when it stalls….yeah right. At 11:45pm, I’d take my chances running across the freeway rather that wait & pray I dont get rearended.

    • BD McGee

      There’s a few clubs in West Hollywood where you can get rear-ended anytime.

  • S.M.S.

    You are a joke. I knew her and everyone else that knows her would be so offended by your comments.

    Karma will get you.

  • S.M.S.

    I knew her, and everyone I know would be so offended by your comments.

    • BD McGee

      How presumptious to think you can speak for everyone you know (like you have any friends).
      Maybe one of them has a sense of humor and would appreciate my comment.

      • erm

        BD you are obviously a moron. Please do us a favor – stick your head in a toliet and see how much air you can breathe in 5 minutes.

  • Zach

    Hey Pat Robertson and BD McGee. Calm down, someone died. shh

  • RIP.Vanessa.

    i knew Vanessa as well. and your comments are very rude. she was such a smart and aspiring young woman. regardless of the reasons why it happened, it has been a terrible accident and such a devastating loss. her birthday was next saturday. we love you and we miss you Vanessa but we know youre in heaven now.

  • We will miss you Vanessa

    BD McGee this is no time to be saying dirty disrespectful jokes like that. I knew her as well and YES, EVERYONE would be offended by your comment. Don’t assume people are as careless and heartless as you.

  • Greg

    So sad. My condolences to her friends and family. She’s with the Angels now.

  • julia

    God bless this woman and her family…

    This kind of situation is really dangerous and scary.

    Just yesterday evening, I was driving home on the 405 north bound on the second right lane. The traffic was slow for a while, it was raining and dark,at one moment, the stop seemed too long, the other lanes on both sides taking up more speeds, cars on those lanes passing by faster and faster. The minivan in front of me didn’t turned the hazard light on or wanting to turn off from this lane, didn’t move or anything, I horned and no response, and I quickly realized something is wrong, I put on the turn light intended to let the car behind me knowing I am trying to get out of this land and they should too. The car behind me did, then I tried to back up and thankfully the up coming car behind me saw my intention and slowed and stopped for me, but the front car was backing up as I backing up, I put on the hazard light on , and tried to turn to the right or tried to turn to the left lanes a couple of times, but the cars on those lanes passing by very fast, I didn’t succeed and I backed up a little more and the front car turned to the left lane and I quickly pushed my way into the same lane and I saw the car in front of the other front car was stopping there with hazard lights on. It was very scary. I worried the up coming car behind me could hit my car from the back! I hope the stalled car was ok…

    I think all of the cars stopping which couldn’t have enough space to get out of that lane should put on the hazard lights on to relay the breaking down message for cars coming from behind.

  • Clayman

    This wonderful young woman that we named Vanessa was my daughter and we miss her so much. She deserved so much better because she gave so much to others. My thanks go out to those that honor her and our family with prayers, condolences and love.She was very special, not just to us but to the world. She truly tried to make this world a better place for everyone. Vanessa you have changed me forever and made me better, thank you, my princess. You will never be forgotten.
    Love, Daddy

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