Over the weekend, a 49-year-old Long Beach woman was killed in a crash with a suspected drunk driver. Bridget Ingham, a long-time yoga teacher and Seal Beach bartender, lived on Fourth Street in Long Beach. “Probably one of the most outstanding characteristics about her was her dedication to people,” said her uncle, Tom Ingham.
Ingham was well known as a bartender at the Seal Beach Irish pub, O’Malley’s on Main, where she worked for more than twenty years.
Long Beach police reported that Ingham was driving through the intersection of 8th Street and Euclid Avenue when a suspected drunk driver in a Toyota Tacoma broadsided her car around 7:50 p.m. The driver, 50-year-old Richard Roberts, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Ingham was on her way to a friend’s house for a movie night, and was just a few blocks away from her destination when the crash occurred. According to her uncle, her friend went outside to look for Ingham after she was late. The friend initially thought Ingham was stuck in traffic from the crash, walked closer, and then saw rescuers taking Ingham out of her vehicle. Paramedics took her to the hospital, where she passed away.
On Monday, O’Malley’s paid its respects to Ingham on its website and social media: “Our sadness and sense of loss cannot transfer across mere words, but our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and all of her friends, of which there were many. Bridget was a familiar sight in Seal Beach before O’Malley’s first opened its doors and was a bright smile and friendly word behind the bar since.”