On Monday, May 26, 2014, at approximately 1:27 p.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to the area of Long Beach Boulevard and 16th Street regarding an injury traffic collision.
Arriving officers discovered an unconscious male adult bicyclist lying in the roadway after being struck by a 2006 Ford Econoline medical transport van. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced the bicyclist deceased at the scene. The bicyclist was identified as 80-year-old Long Beach resident Mariano Carasaquit Libron.
The preliminary investigation revealed Mr. Libron rode his bicycle eastbound on 16th Street in a crosswalk at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard, and failed to stop for a red traffic signal. The Ford Econoline, driven by a 24-year-old Long Beach resident, was traveling southbound on Long Beach Boulevard on a solid green traffic signal and struck Mr. Libron.
The driver of the van and one passenger, a patient being transported in the van, were uninjured. The passenger was interviewed and released at the scene. The driver was positively identified and was properly licensed. The driver was interviewed and released at the scene. The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Steve Fox at (562) 570-7355. 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