Motorcyclist Dies Days After Colliding with Caltrans Vehicle in Long Beach

Photo taken from a GoFundMe account for the victim.

A 31-year-old motorcyclist died today from injuries he sustained Monday when he collided with a state vehicle in East Long Beach.

According to posts online from family and friends, Julio Lopez of Long Beach died after being hospitalized in critical condition and unconscious since the traffic collision involving a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) vehicle at about 12:10PM at Pacific Coast Highway and Loynes Drive.

The incident closed down southbound PCH and Loynes Drive in both directions, said Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokesman Sgt. Brad Johnson, who also stated it was being investigated by California Highway Patrol (CHP) since it involved a state vehicle.

Lopez was hospitalized in serious condition and underwent multiple surgeries and life-preserving treatments while in the Intensive Care Unit, according to a GoFundMe created for him May 2.

Lopez was a father to three children from 9 months to 9 years in age.

“I think everyone will agree with me that Julio’s biggest loves in life are his family and his bikes,” a relative who created the fundraising account posted online. “The love he has for his children and every single one of his cousins, uncles, and grandparents is truly something amazing to see! Because if Julio isn’t on his bikes then he’s probably out running or visiting our grandparents.”

The account has garnered $2,620 out of a $5,000 goal and will be used to help with medical expenses.

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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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