On Thursday, July 17, 2014, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to the area of Ocean Boulevard and 8th Place regarding an injury traffic collision, which resulted in the death of two female adults.
When officers arrived, they discovered an unconscious motorcyclist trapped underneath a Hyundai Sonata, and an unconscious pedestrian down in the lanes of traffic.
Long Beach Fire and paramedics responded to the scene and were able to free the motorcyclist from the underneath the vehicle. The motorcyclist sustained traumatic injuries to the head and body and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The motorcyclist is only being identified as a 33-year-old adult female from Long Beach, pending notification of next of kin.
The pedestrian, who was located in the number two lane of westbound Ocean Boulevard, was found to have sustained traumatic head injuries. She was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. She is only being identified as a 25-year-old female resident of Long Beach, also pending notification of next of kin.
The preliminary investigation determined that the pedestrian, who was crossing southbound Falcon Avenue at Ocean Boulevard and inside the marked crosswalk, was struck by the motorcyclist who failed to yield, as she was travelling westbound on Ocean Boulevard in the number one lane.
After the motorcylist struck the pedestrian, she lost control of her motorcycle, a 2003 Ducatti GRX, she fell to the ground rolling southwest across both eastbound lanes. Her motorcycle also continued to tumble west down Ocean Boulevard in the eastbound lanes. As the motorcylist slid into the number two eastbound lane, she was struck by a 2014 Hyundai Sonata which came to rest on top of her, driven by a 37-year-old Long Beach resident.
According to witness statements, the motorcyclist had swerved around a vehicle that had stopped for three pedestrians in the crosswalk at Falcon Avenue, just before the collision occurred. The motorcyclist did have a valid Arizona license, but did not have a valid motorcycle endorsement on her license.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Collision Investigation Detective Steve Fox at (562) 570-7355. 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