Man Killed on 710 Freeway

By City News Services

BELL GARDENS (CNS) – A Bell Gardens man killed when an SUV overturned on the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway in Bell was publicly identified Monday.

He was Ricardo Casillas, 29, according to coroner’s Investigator Jerry McKibben.

The crash happened at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, just south of Florence Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.

One of the rear tires blew out on Casillas’ 1998 Honda Passport, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

The driver crossed three lanes trying to regain control and when he made a sharp left turn to avoid crashing into a retaining wall on the right side, the Honda overturned on the freeway, according to the CHP. Casillas was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers suffered minor injuries, according to the CHP.

The crash shut down the numbers 2, 3 and 4 lanes on the freeway, resulting in a SigAlert at 2:02 p.m. The lanes were cleared at 4:33 p.m., Rubio said.

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