Manslaughter charge in deadly wrong-way crash

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Prosecutors say the wrong-way driver in a deadly Long Beach freeway crash has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and hit-and-run.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram says 33-year-old Derrick Armstrong of Buena Park jumped out of his wrecked Chevrolet Tahoe after Friday’s crash and tried to run away.

Witnesses subdued him and held him until police arrived.

He was charged on Tuesday and is in jail with bail set at $230,000 pending arraignment on Nov. 20.

Investigators say Armstrong was driving north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 710 when the sport utility vehicle struck a Honda Accord and a Toyota Corolla.

A passenger in the Honda, 27-year-old Esmond Cade, died at the scene.

The 26-year-old driver of the Honda was pried from the wreckage in serious condition.

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