Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
2/26/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2015
Subject:
TRAFFIC FATALITY
Contact:
Media Relations Detail
(562) 570-5273






On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at approximately 7:16 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to the area of Redondo Avenue and 4th Street regarding an injury traffic collision, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

Arriving officers discovered a 2013 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle had collided with a 2007 Nissan Murano.

Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives believe the motorcycle driver, a 33-year-old resident of Temecula, failed to stop for the red light at 4th Street and collided into the Nissan. The motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Redondo Avenue approaching a yellow light at 4th Street at a high rate of speed.  Three northbound vehicles stopped in the #1 and #2 lanes, for the signal that had just turned red. The motorcyclist split traffic between the two lanes, entered the intersection on a red light, and struck the Nissan. The Nissan Murano, driven by a 45-year-old resident of Long Beach, was initiating a left turn from southbound Redondo Avenue to eastbound 4th Street when it was struck.

After the collision, the motorcycle veered right, slid on the ground, and collided into a traffic light pole. The driver became trapped between the pole and the motorcycle. The Nissan driver, who is an emergency room nurse, immediately stopped, exited the vehicle, and rendered aid to the motorcycle driver. Long Beach Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported the motorcycle driver to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

The driver of the Nissan did not sustain any injuries from the collision.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Collision Investigations Detective Steve Fox at (562) 570-7110.  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.