Authorities Tuesday identified a bicyclist who was killed while trying to prevent a hit-and-run motorist, who remains at large, from leaving the scene of a crash that slightly injured another cyclist in North Long Beach.
Odie Ervin, 51, was struck about 1:20 a.m. Monday at Long Beach Boulevard and Bort Street and died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office.
Witnesses said Ervin was a member of a low rider bike club in the community and lived in the Los Angeles area.
When officers arrived on scene, they discovered Ervin lying on the southwest corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Bort Street and found an abandoned 2000 Ford Expedition nearby.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the accident at Long Beach Boulevard and Bort Street, the 2000 Ford Expedition was involved in another accident involving a bicyclist at Long Beach Boulevard and the westbound Artesia (91) Freeway off-ramp,” according to a police statement. “A witness who was also riding with the victim at that accident was trying to prevent the driver from fleeing the scene and jumped on the driver’s side running board of the vehicle and was reaching through the driver’s side window to turn off the (SUV’s) ignition, when the driver took off southbound Long Beach Boulevard.”
The driver turned “at a high rate of speed” at Bort Street and Ervin fell off and hit his head on the curb, police said. “The driver then parked his vehicle in the middle of the service road on Long Beach Boulevard and West Adams Street and fled the scene on foot.”
The other bicyclist was treated at the scene of the original accident and released.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police Long Beach police Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222- TIPS.
–City News Service
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