Police Investigate Two Weekend Traffic Fatalities

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On Friday, November 22, 2013, at approximately 8:05 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to the 700 block of Harbor Scenic Drive regarding an injury traffic collision involving a semi-tractor trailer, which resulted in the death of the male adult driver.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the driver of the semi-tractor trailer was traveling westbound on Harbor Scenic Drive from the Harbor Plaza exit. The driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when he apparently struck the south curb of the roadway, causing him to swerve towards and up onto the center median. The semi-truck’s tractor struck a pillar and caused the tractor and its trailer’s connection to sever.  The tractor overturned and its diesel fuel tank exploded. The trailer continued westbound where it overturned and came to rest in the westbound lanes of traffic.

Paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department responded and pronounced the driver of the semi-tractor trailer deceased at the scene.  The identity of the driver will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and released pending notification of next of kin.

On Saturday, November 23, 2013, at approximately 9:27 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to the intersection of Stearns Street and Marwick Avenue regarding a vehicle vs. motorcycle traffic collision, which resulted in the death of the male adult motorcyclist.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the rider of a Yamaha motorcycle was traveling westbound on Stearns Street, when it collided with a Nissan Altima, driven by a female resident of Long Beach. The driver of the Nissan, who was traveling eastbound on Stearns Street, was attempting to make a left turn into the shopping center when the collision occurred.

The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased and the investigation remains ongoing. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the motorcyclist pending notification to next of kin.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Richard Birdsall 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.

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