On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers responded to the area of Palo Verde Avenue and Los Coyotes Diagonal regarding a traffic collision involving a motor vehicle and a bicyclist, which resulted in the death of the bicyclist.
Upon arrival, officers located the collision in the southbound lanes of Los Coyotes Diagonal south of Palo Verde Avenue, and the bicyclist, a 62-year-old male resident of Long Beach, laying in the roadway. The Long Beach Fire Department transported the bicyclist to a local hospital with life threatening injuries, where he was pronounced deceased.
The preliminary investigation revealed the bicyclist was traveling in the northbound bike lane of Los Coyotes Diagonal approaching Palo Verde Avenue on a green light, when just before entering the intersection and south of the crosswalk, the bicyclist made an unsafe lane change across all lanes of traffic in a northwesterly direction and collided with a 2015 Toyota Corolla that was travelling southbound on Los Coyotes Diagonal in the #2 lane.
The driver of the Toyota Corolla, a 88-year-old male resident of Long Beach, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. At this time no criminal charges are pending.
The identity of the bicyclist is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked call Detective David Lauro of the Long Beach Police Department’s Collision Investigation Detail at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.