Bicyclist Involved In Traffic Collision Succumbs to Injuries

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On Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers were called to the area of Bixby Road and Cherry Avenue in response to a traffic collision involving a truck and a bicyclist that resulted in the death of an adult male.

When officers arrived, they discovered that a male bicyclist was traveling eastbound on Bixby Road and was crossing Cherry Avenue, when he was struck by a motorist driving a 1998 Chevy S-10 pick-up truck. Paramedics responded and transported the bicyclist to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the truck was traveling southbound on Cherry Avenue, and may have run a red light just before the collision. The driver, a 66-year-old male resident of Long Beach, was questioned and released at the scene pending further investigation.

On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, the bicyclist, who was still hospitalized, was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Louis Gabor, a 67-year-old Long Beach resident.

The case will be presented to the District Attorney and the driver may face charges for felony vehicular manslaughter.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detail Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips can be sent via web or text by visiting the L.B.P.D. website, www.longbeach.gov/police.

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