LONG BEACH — A third man has died from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident that instantly killed two others Saturday as their truck slammed into a San Diego (405) Freeway overpass, police said Monday.
Terrence Harris, a 36-year-old Long Beach resident, was in the front seat of the truck when the accident occured. He had to be extracted from the vehicle was transported to a local hospital in critical condition following the 6:22 p.m. accident Saturday, according to Long Beach Police Department spokesman Sgt. Aaron Eaton.
Harris later died of his injuries, Eaton said.
Traffic accident investigators, in a preliminary finding, believe the driver of the 2005 Dodge Ram was going too fast for the rainy conditions, prompting the truck to slide in a hydroplane spin in the northbound Redondo Avenue lanes, said Eaton.
The driver, 36-year-old Mark Martineau of Seal Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene, Eaton added. A rear passenger, 54-year-old Richard McAleavey of Long Beach, was also killed, the spokesman said, adding the man wasn't wearing a seat belt.
Witnesses told officers that prior to the accident it was raining and the roadways were filled with water.
The preliminary investigation determined that the driver had initiated a lane change from the No. 1 lane to the No. 2 lane, when he lost control of the truck, causing it to spin onto the sidewalk, Eaton said.
The truck struck the concrete support pillar for the freeway overpass.
"Investigators believe the driver lost control of the steering as a result of excessive speed for the rainy conditions, and this caused the truck to hydroplane," Eaton said.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Richard Birdsall at 562-570-7355.