San Diego man dies in crash after ‘unsafe lane change’ near Long Beach

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SAN DIEGO – A 72-year-old man from San Diego was killed on a freeway near Long Beach, when his car and another vehicle traveling in the same direction collided during  an unsafe lane change, California Highway Patrol officers said Sunday.

Edmundo Ritarita, of San Diego, died after his 2001 Ford Explorer rolled over several times, according to the Los Angeles coroner’s office.

The crash was on the southbound Interstate 405 approaching Seal Beach Boulevard at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, according to a CHP dispatcher. It involved a SUV driven by Ritarita and a 2014 Mercedes Benz C250 driven by a 70-year-old man, whose name was not released.

It was not immediately known which vehicle made the unsafe lane change in either the four or five lane, but the impact caused both vehicles onto the dirt shoulder, where the Ford Explorer rolled over.

Ritarita was pronounced dead at the scene and paramedics rushed the 70-year-old man to an area hospital with minor injuries. The motorists were the only people inside their vehicles.