LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say one man has been killed and five others were injured after the car they were traveling in flipped over several times in north Long Beach.

Long Beach police said in a department statement that the accident occurred about 8:42 p.m. Saturday on Del Amo Boulevard just east of Orange Avenue.

Upon arriving on scene, officers found an overturned sport utility vehicle.

“Investigators believe the driver was traveling eastbound on Del Amo Boulevard at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle, causing him to strike the center divider and flipping the vehicle several times,” the statement said.

Four of the six passengers were ejected from the car while two others were trapped inside and had to be extricated.

All six were transported to an area hospital where two have since been released. Three others were said to be in critical but stable condition.

The deceased was identified in the statement as 29-year-old Vernon Onofia of Long Beach. According to authorities, Onofia was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Authorities report that they are looking into the possibility that the car was racing another vehicle prior to the crash.

They say they want to speak with the driver of a newer model, dark colored Infinity that had initially stopped at the scene of the crash.

Anyone with information about this case or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact authorities at (562) 570-7355.


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