On January 3, 2019, at approximately 6:00 p.m., officers were patrolling the area of Willow Street and Golden Avenue when they discovered an injury traffic collision between a vehicle and a bicycle had just occurred.
Officers located a 64-year-old female resident of Long Beach lying on the northwest corner of the intersection. The female was identified as the bicyclist involved in the collision. The Long Beach Fire Department transported the injured bicyclist to the hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. The bicyclist's identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Officers also contacted a 50-year-old male resident of Long Beach who was identified as the driver of a 1993 Ford Explorer involved in the collision.
The preliminary investigation revealed the collision occurred when the driver of the Ford Explorer was traveling west on Willow Street approaching Golden Avenue. As the driver approached the intersection, the signal for westbound traffic phased to green. The collision occurred when the driver entered the intersection without realizing the bicyclist was already crossing the intersection northbound on Golden Avenue.
The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Detectives do not believe the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the collision.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to 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.