Suspected DUI Driver Charged in Fatal Long Beach Crash

NBC Los Angeles reports that a suspected DUI driver has been charged with a felony after allegedly crashing his SUV into the guard shack of a security station in Long Beach. The 54-year-old security guard later died of his injuries.

Authorities in Long Beach say that the fatal crash happened on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at approximately 3:00 p.m. at the entrance to the Century Villages at Cabrillo apartment complex in Long Beach. The complex serves as housing to veterans who were formerly homeless.

The driver of a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV hit the guard shack located in the 2000 block of San Gabriel Avenue. After completely demolishing the guard shack, the driver then fled the scene on foot, abandoning his disabled vehicle.

Long Beach Police officers and paramedics were called to the scene immediately following the crash and found the victim inside. All attempts to save the guard’s life ultimately failed, and he died of his injuries at the accident scene.

Police apprehended 21-year-old Quentin Darnell Black of Moreno on Monday, June 14, and placed him under arrest for suspected DUI manslaughter. Bail for Black was set at $100,000.

In addition to DUI charges, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office have filed charges of vehicular manslaughter, gross negligence, and hit-and-run in connection to an accident resulting in severe injury or death against Black. 

Black is due to appear in court on July 7.

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