Police say they’re investigating a Sunday afternoon crash in East Long Beach that left a cyclist dead.
Officers were notified of the collision at around 12:24 p.m. and responded to the area of Second Street and Marina Drive, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
There, officers found a male cyclist and a female cyclist that had been involved in a crash with a vehicle, police said. Though both were wearing helmets, according to police, they still suffered injuries that required Long Beach Fire Department personnel to transport them to a local hospital for treatment.
The male cyclist was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. However, the female cyclist died from her injuries later that day, police said. She was identified by authorities as 76-year-old Gaylin Reese of Long Beach.
According to police, Reese and her husband were riding a tandem bicycle that afternoon and traveling eastbound on Second Street in the bicycle lane.
There was heavy traffic in the area at the time, police said, and all the cars had come to a stop. At some point, according to police, Reese and her husband “sideswiped a vehicle, lost control, and fell to the ground,” police said.
After the crash, the driver of the vehicle drove away, although police say it is unclear whether they were aware of what had happened.
At this time, there is no vehicle or suspect information. However, police say speed, distracted driving and impaired driving are not believed to be factors in the collision.
“Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance with this investigation,” the LBPD said in a statement Wednesday. “Anyone who was driving in the area at the time of the collision and has dash-cam footage is asked to contact the police department.”
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact detectives at 562-570-7355.