On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at approx. 7:59 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Anaheim Street and Canal Avenue regarding a traffic collision involving a semi-truck trailer and a motorcycle, which resulted in the death of the motorcyclist.
When officers arrived, they discovered a male adult victim lying in the eastbound #1 lane of Anaheim Street, next to a motorcycle, who had sustained major injuries. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and determined the male victim deceased at the scene.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a fully loaded semi-tractor trailer was stopped westbound Anaheim Street at Canal Avenue, and then made a slow left turn southbound on Canal Avenue. After the semi-tractor trailer almost completed the left turn, the motorcyclist, who was traveling eastbound on Anaheim Street in the #1 lane, struck the rear-end of the trailer.
Not knowing the trailer had been struck, the driver initially left the scene. With the help of a witness, the driver was located and returned to the scene and fully co-operated with the investigation. He was determined to have a valid driver’s license and insurance, and was released at the scene pending further investigation.
The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Roberto Lomeli of Long Beach.
The driver of the semi-truck trailer is a 44-year-old resident of Long Beach.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.