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DOWNEY – An 18-year-old Downey man was killed Friday night when the passenger van he was riding in slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer stopped on Lakewood Boulevard, north of Florence Avenue.
The collision occurred at about 10:43 p.m., when a 1997 Chevrolet Astro Van traveling south on Lakewood veered into the center two-way left turn lane and collided into the rear of a 2001 Great Dane trailer, police said.
The trailer was attached to a 2012 Freightliner trailer.
An 18-year-old van passenger was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the van, a 19-year-old Downey man, and three passengers, an 18-year-old man from Downey, a 17-year-old boy from Downey, and an 18-year-old woman from South Gate, were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the semi-tractor, a 52-year-old Camarillo man, was not injured.
Police are still investigating the collision. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Edwards at (562) 904-2339 or Sgt. Miller at (562) 904-2342.