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05/28/12 10:41 PM #1    

Debbie Salito (Bigoss)

Newspaper:  May 2007

Police say speed was primary factor in Seal Beach wreck involving 4 vehicles on Pacific Coast Highway.



SEAL BEACH– Authorities have identified the two people who were killed in a fiery traffic collision Sunday night.

The victims, from Long Beach are Grisna Meas, 17, and Rick Vetter, 52, authorities said. A third man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash, involving four vehicles – a Honda, a BMW, a Ford sport utility vehicle and a Mercedes-Benz – occurred at 6:35 p.m. in the 15900 block of Pacific Coast Highway, authorities said.

"It does not appear that alcohol or racing was involved," Sgt. Ron Lavelle said. "Speed is the primary collision factor," Lavelle added.

The fatal crash occurred when Deneshio Lankford, 20, of Long Beach, who was traveling east on PCH, lost control of his Honda and crossed over into oncoming traffic, Seal Beach police Sgt. Ron Lavelle said.

Lankford's car hit the BMW, causing it to erupt in flames. The 52-year-old driver died instantly, authorities said. Lankford's 17-year-old passenger also died at the scene, Lavelle said.

Two other cars – the Mercedes-Benz and the Ford – also collided.

Lankford suffered a broken leg and a broken arm and was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

PCH was closed for several hours between Anderson Street on the south and Seal Beach Boulevard on the north.

Seal Beach police requested the California Highway Patrol's help investigating the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

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