Motorcyclist dies after collision near California Heights

A motorcyclist died Saturday from his injuries at a local hospital shortly after colliding with an SUV near the California Heights neighborhood, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

On Saturday at 1:41 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and Wardlow Road

Police said a Toyota Rav4, driven by a 23-year-old Long Beach woman, was turning left from southbound Long Beach Boulevard to eastbound Wardlow Road when a motorcyclist riding a 2006 Yamaha struck the vehicle as it was heading north on Long Beach Boulevard.

The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries, police said. He is not being identified pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of the Toyota remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Adam Garcia, who was working nearby, said authorities closed off the intersection for about four or five hours. “It was completely shut down.”

Police said speed may have been a factor in the crash, but it is not believed that driving under the influence nor distracted driving played a role.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Det. K. Myers or Det. S. Loughlin of the LBPD’s Collision Investigation Detail at 562-570-7355.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with a witness account of the accident.

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