Disabled Motorcylist Fatally Struck by Two Vehicles on Long Beach Freeway

A motorcyclist was killed in Long Beach Sunday night after two vehicles struck him when his motorcycle became disabled on the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway.

The incident was reported at about 9:30PM on Sunday, May 22 at Del Amo Boulevard, said Officer Francisco Villalobos of the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Long Beach resident Joseph Krall, 28, died at the scene, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.

According to investigators Krall’s 1990 Suzuki Intruder became disabled on the No. 2 lane of the freeway south of Del Amo Boulevard. A 2010 Nissan Altima driven by Downey resident Gabriela Ruiz, 18, and a 2015 Scion driven by 24-year-old Gumercindo Lopez of Van Nuys could not avoid crashing into the disabled motorcyclist, authorities said.

Officials said they believe alcohol and drugs were not factors in the accident.

The incident caused the northbound freeway to shut down at Del Amo Boulevard and the onramp from eastbound Del Amo Boulevard to the northbound Long Beach freeway, Villalobos said. The ramp and roadway were reopened at 12:54AM.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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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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