Ariahh Slemaker Death – On Monday, a tragic incident occurred on the Long Beach (710) Freeway, resulting in the loss of five lives, including a minimum of two teenagers. Additionally, a sixth individual was hospitalized after a car collided with an attenuator, causing it to ignite in flames. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified two of the people as George Dobbs and Ariahh Slemaker, both 15. According to reports, George Dobbs and Ariahh Slemaker passed away from injuries sustained in the car accident.
How did the crash happen?
The California Highway Patrol reported a crash at 4:12 a.m. on the northbound Long Beach Freeway at the transition to the southbound Artesia (91) Freeway. According to Officer Michael Nasir of the CHP, five out of the six individuals in the vehicle tragically lost their lives. The victims, identified as George Dobbs and Ariahh Slemaker, were pronounced dead at the crash site, as confirmed by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. At the time of the report, the names of the remaining three individuals were not yet disclosed.
Another occupant of the car was transported to a hospital in an unknown condition, receiving treatment for severe injuries, as reported by the CHP. To conduct their investigation, the CHP issued a SigAlert that resulted in the closure of all northbound lanes of the freeway within the crash zone.
The No. 1 freeway lane reopened around 6 a.m., including the transition road to the 91 Freeway, and all lanes were fully reopened by approximately 8:30 a.m., according to the CHP’s update. The cause of the crash remained unclear, including whether speed was a contributing factor. CHP officials urged any witnesses to come forward and provide information to aid in their investigation.
The family will release an obituary and funeral arrangements for George Dobbs and Ariahh Slemaker.
Related story: Motorcyclist died in Long Beach crash
Tragically, on Thursday afternoon, June 22, 2023, a male motorcyclist lost his life in a collision with a vehicle in Long Beach. The local authorities reported that the incident took place at the intersection of Bellflower Boulevard and Anaheim Road around 3:32 p.m. Upon their arrival at the scene, authorities pronounced the motorcyclist deceased.
The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The identities of the individuals involved have not been disclosed at this time. As detectives continue their investigation, Bellflower Boulevard is temporarily closed to traffic from Pacific Coast Highway to Anaheim Road. The investigation is still ongoing.
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