Woman dies after motorcycle and car collision in North Long Beach

A 22-year-old woman died after her motorcycle collided with a van on Cherry Avenue Sunday night, said police.

The woman, whose identity is being withheld until next-of-kin have been notified, was riding a 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400 northbound near the 6000 block of Cherry Avenue when she collided with a 1989 Ford Econoline van as it was pulling away from the curb, investigators said.

Officers arrived at the scene at 6:15 p.m. and performed life-saving measures on the victim. She was transported to a local hospital, where she died.

The van’s 72-year-old driver remained at the scene, had a valid driver’s license and cooperated with investigators, according to a press release.

The female victim was not licensed to operate a motorcycle and speed is being investigated as a possible factor in the collision, according to police. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.
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