Motorist Runs Red Light Strikes Vehicle and Cyclists

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On September 2, 2013, at around 3:17 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a serious traffic collision at the intersection of 4th Street and Alamitos Avenue. Arriving officers found community members rendering aid to the victims.

The preliminary investigation revealed a female adult motorist, in a Lexus, traveling northbound on Alamitos Avenue failed to stop for a red light, struck another vehicle in the intersection, and then veered toward the west sidewalk of Alamitos Avenue where the vehicle struck two pedestrians.

A male adult pedestrian and female minor pedestrian were waiting, astride their bicycles, for the signal light to change, when they were struck. The force of the collision pushed the female minor up against a business located in the 400 block of Alamitos Avenue. The female minor was pinned between the vehicle and the business and received major injuries to her leg. The male adult pedestrian suffered injuries to his lower leg.

Long Beach Fire Department resources responded to the location. The female minor patient was transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center with serious injuries. The male adult patient sustained what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. He too was transported to Long Beach Memorial.

The driver at fault, who was not injured in the collision, was cited and released.

Anyone who witnessed or may have information regarding this collision is asked to contact Detective R. Birdsall of the Long Beach Police Department’s Collision Investigation Detail 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

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