San Diego man killed in Long Beach crash

Posted at 11:40 AM, Apr 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-10 14:40:13-04

A 72-year-old man from San Diego was killed on a freeway near Long Beach when his car and another vehicle, travelling in the same direction, collided during what CHP officers said was an unsafe lane change, 

Edmundo Ritarita of San Diego was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles coroner's office.

The crash was on the southbound 405 Freeway approaching Seal Beach Boulevard at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, according to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher. It involved a 2001 Ford Explorer driven by Ritarita and a 2014 Mercedes Benz C250 driven by a 70-year-old man, whose name was not released.

It was not immediately known which vehicle made the unsafe lane change in either the four or five lane, but the impact caused both vehicles into the dirt shoulder, where the Ford Explorer overturned several times.

Ritarita was pronounced dead at the scene and paramedics rushed the 70-year-old man to an area hospital with minor injuries. The motorists were the only people inside their vehicles.