CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect new information. Long Beach police initially said the crash victim was from Long Beach, but they now say he was from Stanton.
LONG BEACH — A 27-year-old Stanton man was killed early Tuesday after he lost control of his car when he clipped another vehicle, careened into oncoming traffic and slammed into a concrete and metal sign.
Trevor Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the collision at 6:32 a.m. on Pacific Coast Highway at Anaheim Street, said Nancy Pratt, a Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman.
Patrol officers were called to the location after witnesses saw Stevens driving a white 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse north on PCH when he sideswiped a 2011 silver Ford Edge just before Anaheim Street, Pratt said.
"(Stevens) accelerated and drove northbound ... in the southbound lanes, toward oncoming traffic," Pratt said. "(He) turned westbound toward Anaheim Street, drove over the sidewalk, and collided with the building sign at the northwest corner of PCH and Anaheim Street."
The driver was found dead in his car, which sustained major front-end damage. The Ford sustained minor damage.
No one else was injured, Pratt said.
It was not known if Stevens was driving intoxicated, but the investigation remains ongoing, including a toxicology report by Coroner's investigators, officials said.
Traffic was backed up for several hours on PCH following the collision.
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