Elderly bicyclist dies days after being hit by a car on Los Coyotes Diagonal

An 83-year-old man succumbed to his injuries in a hospital after being hit by a car Thursday on Los Coyotes Diagonal near Stearns Street, Long Beach police announced Saturday.

The bicyclist is only being identified by his age and that he was a resident of Long Beach, pending notification of his next of kin.

The crash, involving a car and a bicyclist, was first reported just before noon on Thursday.

“The preliminary investigation revealed the collision occurred when the bicyclist was traveling eastbound across the number one lane of northbound Los Coyotes Diagonal when a 2000 Honda Civic, traveling northbound in the number one lane of Los Coyotes Diagonal, struck the bicyclist,” police said in a news release.

The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition, a spokeswoman said. The driver of the car, a 19-year-old from Los Angeles, stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, according to the release. The driver had a valid license, was not impaired or distracted and was not injured in the crash, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information on this incident to call Detective Allen Duncan at 562-570-7355.

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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.