Motorcyclist killed in crash on Atlantic Avenue, police say

A motorcyclist died Friday night after a crash just north of Pacific Coast Highway in Central Long Beach, authorities said.

The crash happened at around 9:17 p.m. at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 19th Street, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Police said in a statement Saturday morning that the motorcyclist was driving southbound on Atlantic Avenue, approaching 19th Street, when the driver of a 2014 Toyota Tundra, who was only identified by authorities as a 59-year-old Long Beach resident, pulled out in front of him, intending to make a left turn.

“The motorcycle was unable to avoid the Toyota and the collision occurred,” the LBPD said. “Alcohol, drugs and distracted driving were not believed to be a factor in the collision for the driver of the Tundra.”

When officers arrived in the area, they located a group of people rendering aid to the motorcyclist, the LBPD said.

Long Beach Fire Department personnel also responded to the scene and transported the motorcyclist to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Police said the motorcyclist was a man but did not reveal his identity, pending notification of his next of kin.

The Long Beach Police Department has now publicly reported 32 traffic fatalities this year.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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