UPDATE: Authorities Identify Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run Incident on Monday

UPDATE | Authorities identified today a bicyclist who was killed in North Long Beach early Monday when he tried to stop a motorist from fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run incident that slightly injured a fellow rider.

Odie Ervin, 51, of Los Angeles was struck at about 1:20AM Monday at Long Beach Boulevard and Bort Street and died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office.

Police found the suspect vehicle, a 2000 Ford Expedition, abandoned nearby, however, the motorist remains at large.

Witnesses said Ervin was a member of a lowrider bike club in the community.

City News Service contributed to this report.

PREVIOUSLY: Bicyclist Killed After Attempting to Stop Hit-and-Run Motorist in North Long Beach

8/14/17 at 12:28PM | A 51-year-old Los Angeles bicyclist was killed in North Long Beach early Monday when he attempted to stop a motorist who struck and injured a fellow rider, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

Authorities said the driver of a 2000 Ford Expedition was originally involved in an accident that injured the fellow bicyclist at Long Beach Boulevard and the westbound 91 freeway offramp.

The driver then took off southbound on Long Beach Boulevard when the 51-year-old bicyclist jumped on the driver’s side of the vehicle to prevent him from fleeing. The bicyclist attempted to reach through the driver’s side window and turn off the car’s ignition, according to a release from LBPD.

“The driver then made a turn at a high rate of speed at Bort Boulevard, where the witness/victim fell off the vehicle and struck his head on the curb,” officials stated. “The driver then parked his vehicle in the middle of the service road on Long Beach Boulevard and West Adams Street and fled the scene on foot.”

Officers who were dispatched to the second incident at 1:17AM found the victim lying on the southwest corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Bort Street and the abandoned SUV a block away.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of kin. The surviving bicyclist was treated at the scene and released.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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