Predawn crash leaves bicyclist seriously injured near 605 Freeway

A bicyclist was hospitalized in critical condition after a driver crashed into him on Spring Street near the 605 Freeway, according to Long Beach police.

The collision happened around 4:45 a.m. as the bicyclist was headed west on Spring Street just west of the freeway, police said.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the crash. Officers responded and questioned the driver but later released him, Long Beach police spokesman Alvino Herrera said. They’re still investigating, he said.

Paramedics also responded and took the bicyclist to a local hospital, according to police.

Westbound Spring Street was shut down for a few hours while investigators gathered evidence from the crash.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news 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. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.