LYNWOOD, Calif. – A woman killed in a multi-vehicle collision on the Long Beach (710) Freeway in Lynwood was identified Thursday by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Ecaminer-Coroner as 32-year-old Beatriz Rafael.
California Highway Patrol officers responded at around 1:15 a.m. to the southbound freeway and Imperial Highway, where they found one person in one of the freeway lanes who had been ejected from one of the vehicles at the scene, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball.
According to the CHP, witnesses said a black Jeep might have hit the freeway’s center and multiple vehicles, including a silver Mini Cooper, and sustained significant damage.
Rafael was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a coroner’s report.
All southbound lanes of the freeway were closed in the area while the CHP investigated the crash. One lane was reopened at about 2 a.m., and the remaining lanes were reopened at about 5 a.m. according to the CHP.