Derrick Armstrong did not enter a plea and asked that his arraignment be postponed to allow him time to hire a private attorney.
Armstrong was given until Nov. 20 and ordered held on $230,000 bail.
He is charged with the Nov. 2 crash that occurred at about 10 p.m. on the southbound side of the 710, between the 9th and 6th Street off-ramps.
The preliminary investigation found that Arnstrong was driving a white 1997 Chevy Tahoe when he entered the freeway the wrong way at the Broadway off-ramp and headed north in the southbound lanes. The Tahoe then struck a gray 1987 Honda Accord and a white 2010 Toyota Corolla.
Witnesses said Armstrong then allegedly jumped out of the Tahoe and ran from the scene and they chased after him and held him until police arrived, authorities said.
A passenger in the Honda, 27-year-old Esmond Cade, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Honda, a 26-year-old Long Beach woman, had to be extricated from the wreckage by Long Beach Fire Department crews and was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Toyota, a 26-year-old Long Beach man, was also taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro, at 562-570-7355.