On Monday, January 7, 2019, at approximately 12:08 p.m., officers were dispatched to southbound Lakewood Boulevard north of Willow Street regarding an injury traffic collision, which resulted in the death of a male adult.
When officers arrived on scene they discovered a motorcyclist, identified as 25-year-old Corey Haggerty of Lakewood, had collided with an SUV and was lying in the middle of southbound Lakewood Boulevard near his 2012 Honda CBR 600 motorcycle. The 2018 Ford Explorer SUV he collided with was stopped about 80 feet beyond.
The Long Beach Fire Department responded and determined victim Haggerty deceased at the scene. The driver of the SUV, along with her passenger, were uninjured as a result of the collision.
The preliminary investigation revealed victim Haggerty was riding south on Lakewood Boulevard in the number two lane at a high rate of speed. As he neared the Willow Street intersection he came in contact with the SUV being driven by a 49-year-old female resident of Torrance, as she was changing lanes to make a left turn onto Willow Street. The SUV had just exited from southbound 405 Freeway onto Lakewood Boulevard.
After the collision, the driver of the SUV stopped to render aid, had a valid driver's license and proof of insurance. Detectives do not believe the driver of the SUV was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the collision. The motorcyclist had an expired driver’s license, which did not have a motorcycle endorsement.
Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Detective Steve Fox of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7110. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.