Bicyclist killed in East Long Beach crash at major intersection

A 62-year-old bicyclist was killed in a crash with a car at an East Long Beach intersection Wednesday morning, according to police.

The collision happened just before 11 a.m. at Los Coyotes Diagonal and Palo Verde Avenue when the bicyclist swerved unsafely across traffic lanes, Long Beach police said.

Long Beach Police at the scene of a fatal accident, involving a bicyclist and a car, at the corner of Los Coyotes Diagonal and Palos Verdes Avenue, Wednesday January 30th, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / For the Long Beach Post

The crash left a mangled bicycle in the roadway. Photo by Stephen Carr.

The crash left the man on the pavement where someone performed CPR on him until medics arrived and took over, according to a woman who passed by. A Long Beach Fire Department crew quickly took him to a hospital where doctors determined he was dead, according to authorities.

Photos from the scene showed the car with a damaged hood and a mangled bicycle on the ground nearby.

A Long Beach Police Officer talks with a man who was inside a car involved in a fatal accident with a bicyclist, at the corner of Los Coyotes Diagonal and Palos Verdes Avenue, Wednesday January 30th, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / For the Long Beach Post

A Long Beach police officer talks with a man who was inside a car involved in the crash. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Police said the bicyclist was headed north in a bike lane on Los Coyotes Diagonal. When he got close to Palo Verde Avenue, the bicyclist cut across all lanes of traffic and ended up colliding with a Toyota Corolla that was headed south on Los Coyotes Diagonal, police said.

The Corolla’s driver, an 88-year-old man from Long Beach, stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, police said.

Authorities haven’t yet released the bicyclist’s name but said he’s from Long Beach.

Editor’s note: This story was updated Wednesday afternoon with more information about what caused the crash.

Photographer Stephen Carr contributed to this report.

A Long Beach Police inspects a damaged car involved in a fatal accident, involving a bicyclist, at the corner of Los Coyotes Diagonal and Palos Verdes Avenue, Wednesday January 30th, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / For the Long Beach Post

An officer inspects the damaged car. Photo by Stephen Carr.

A Long Beach Police officer at the scene of a fatal car accident involving a bicyclist, at the corner of Los Coyotes Diagonal and Palos Verdes Avenue, Wednesday January 30th, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / For the Long Beach Post

A Long Beach Police officer at the scene. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Long Beach Police at the scene of a fatal accident, involving a bicyclist and a car, at the corner of Los Coyotes Diagonal and Palos Verdes Avenue, Wednesday January 30th, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr / For the Long Beach Post

Police shut down the intersection while they investigated. Photo by Stephen Carr.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.
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