Long Beach man killed in motorcycle crash near Bluff Park

A motorcyclist was killed in a multi-vehicle collision Tuesday evening, police said.

Police said the 23-year-old was a resident of Long Beach, but they haven’t so far released his name, pending notification of his family.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m Tuesday near Ocean Boulevard and Temple Avenue, police reported. When officers arrived they found the motorcyclist in the eastbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard east of Temple Avenue, police said.

The motorcyclist had sustained severe injuries as a result of the collision, police said. The Long Beach Fire Department transported the man to a local hospital were he later died, police said.

Alcohol, drugs or distracted driving for either driver was not a cause for the crash, according to police.

A preliminary investigation found that a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Ocean Boulevard at a high rate of speed, police said.

As the motorcyclist approached Temple Avenue, he attempted to pass a 2005 GMC Yukon on the right, which was in the number one lane preparing to make a left turn from Ocean Boulevard to Temple Avenue and was traveling at a very slow speed, police said.

The motorcyclist struck the back of the GMC, then struck the back of a 2003 Ford Ranger, which was also traveling eastbound Ocean Boulevard in the number two lane, according to police.

The GMC was being driven by a 28-year-old man of Long Beach with four passengers and the Ford was being driven by a 30-year-old man of the city of Cypress.

Both the driver of the GMC Yukon and the driver of the Ford Ranger remained on scene and are cooperating with the investigation, police said.

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Sebastian Echeverry is the North Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of his grant-funded position with the Long Beach Post. If you want to support Sebastian's work, you can donate to his Report for America position at lbpost.com/support.
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