On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 6:27 P.M., Long Beach Police responded to the Gerald Desmond Bridge regarding an injury traffic collision. When officers arrived they discovered a 2003 Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle with two riders had collided with the wall on the overpass from eastbound Ocean Boulevard to the northbound 710 Freeway.
The investigation revealed the motorcycle driver and passenger were traveling eastbound on Ocean Boulevard over the Gerald Desmond Bridge at a high rate of speed. The driver took the northbound 710 Freeway overpass where he was unable to maintain control of the motorcycle and collided with the wall on their right side. The collision ejected both riders off the motorcycle and over the wall of the overpass onto Ocean Boulevard.
The driver came to rest on the shoulder of the westbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard. The passenger fell on the eastbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard and was immediately struck by a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was traveling eastbound.
The motorcycle came to rest on the overpass approximately 620 feet past where the riders were ejected.
The driver of the motorcycle was identified as a 20-year-old male resident of Anaheim. The driver was transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition. The driver had a valid license to drive a motorcycle and current insurance.
The female passenger was identified as a 19-year-old female resident of Anaheim. The passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identities are being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.
The driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was identified as a 68-year-old male resident of Long Beach, who did not sustain any injuries.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail, Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-5520. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org