Long Beach Bicyclist Killed in Midnight Bridge Collision

vincentthomasbridgescreenshotA 31-year-old Long Beach bicyclist was struck and killed by two vehicles on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, authorities said Friday.

Sergio Tapia was struck at 11:59PM on Thursday, November 19, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Tapia was riding north in the Number two traffic lane, when, “for unknown reasons, the bicyclist struck the roadway after losing control of his bicycle in the No. 2 lane,” according to a preliminary investigation by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

“The driver of [a] Freightliner [truck] was unable to stop in time to avoid striking the bicyclist and bicycle,” the CHP stated. “The impact projected the bicycle towards the No. 1 lane, causing it to strike [a] white Cadillac.”

Authorities said both drivers remained at the scene, and neither was arrested.

Neither pedestrians nor bicyclists are permitted on the bridge, according to CHP officials. 

Above, left photo a Google Maps screenshot. 

City News Service contributed to this report. 

This story was updated at 12:10PM with information on who can travel on the bridge. 

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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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