76-year-old killed when motorcyclist crashes into him, police say

Police say a 76-year-old man died after a motorcyclist crashed into him at high speed in East Long Beach on Tuesday evening.

The crash happened around 6:20 p.m. when the man was crossing Stearns Street on foot, police said in a statement. The 23-year-old motorcyclist was headed westbound on Stearns when he hit the older man at McNab Avenue, according to the LBPD.

The intersection does not have a marked crosswalk for pedestrians.

Medics took both the motorcyclist and the pedestrian to the hospital. The motorcyclist had only minor injuries, but the pedestrian’s wounds were more severe, and he died at the hospital, police said.

Authorities have not publicly disclosed his identity yet, but police said he was a Long Beach resident.

“Alcohol, drugs, and distracted driving are not believed to have been a factor in the collision,” police said.

They asked that anyone with more details about the crash contact Det. Kevin Johansen or Det. Kelsey Myers at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is managing editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram.