UPDATE: Police release more details about East Long Beach crash that killed motorcyclist, 17

A 17-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon in East Long Beach.

The crash happened around 12:15 p.m. at the intersection of Wardlow Road and Gondar Avenue, which is just west of Los Coyotes Diagonal.

Motorcycle crash victim was a beloved friend and student at McBride High School

Police released a statement Wednesday saying they do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

Road approaching Gondar Avenue when he struck a white 2005 Ford F150, which was traveling east on Wardlow Road and attempting to make a left to head north on Gondar.

“It was determined the driver of the of the truck did not see the motorcycle as he made his turning maneuver,” police said in a statement.

A young motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Long Beach October 23, 2018. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Authorities said the motorcyclist, who has so far only been identified as a Long Beach resident, was traveling west on Wardlow

Long Beach Fire personnel responded to the scene and transported him to a local hospital with traumatic injuries, where he was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter.

The driver of the truck, a 30-year-old resident of Cypress, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, the police statement said.


Anyone who may information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Collision Investigation Detective David Whelan at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.