Motorcyclist dies after colliding with disabled van on 91 Freeway

A 29-year-old Torrance motorcyclist died early Wednesday morning after colliding with a disabled van that was stuck in the carpool lane on the 91 Freeway in Cerritos, west of Pioneer Boulevard, authorities said.

The crash happened just after midnight when 21-year-old Luis Hernandez, from Long Beach, lost control of his Toyota Sienna and hit the concrete center divider, leaving his van blacked out and facing sideways across the HOV and a portion of the next lane, California Highway Patrol Officer Jeremy Tolen said.

Hernandez got out of his van with minor injuries. A minute later, the driver of a 2007 Ford Expedition, Kenneth Rodriguez, sideswiped the unoccupied van. He was not injured, however.

The driver of a Yamaha motorcycle struck the van moments later and was ejected from his motorcycle, according to the release. He was transported to UCI Medical Center where he died.

He has been identified as 29-year-old Raymond Ruvalcaba from Torrance.

The eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway were closed until about 3:20 a.m.

Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact Officer J. Van Dragt at 562-868-0503.

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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.