The dangers of motorcycles were evident in two separate biker deaths over the weekend.
The northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway and an onramp in Long Beach were reopened early Monday after a man on a motorcycle was hit by least two vehicles.
The crash was reported about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on the northbound Long Beach Freeway at Del Amo Boulevard, California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
Investigators learned the 1990 Suzuki Intruder driven by a 24-year-old Long Beach man became disabled in the No. 2 lane of the northbound Long Beach Freeway south of Del Amo Boulevard. A 2010 Nissan Altima driven by 18-year-old Gabriela Ruiz of Downey and a 2015 Scion driven by 24-year-old Gumercindo Lopez of Van Nuys could not avoid crashing into the disabled motorcyclist, authorities said.
Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been factors in the accident, they said.
The northbound Long Beach Freeway was shut down at Del Amo Boulevard and the onramp from eastbound Del Amo Boulevard to the northbound Long Beach Freeway was closed for the investigation, he said. The ramp and roadway were reopened at 12:54 a.m.
In another deadly crash, the coroner’s office also identified a motorcyclist killed on a freeway connector road in Hawthorne while speeding on a 2016 Harley- Davidson motorcycle.
He was 39-year-old Robert Mahoney, according to the coroner’s office.
The crash occurred at 11:55 p.m. Saturday on the connector road from the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway to the westbound Glen Anderson (105) Freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported. No other vehicle was involved.
For unknown reasons, Mahoney lost control of his bike and struck the concrete half wall that borders the connector road, the CHP said. He was ejected from the bike and landed in a parking lot at 11222 La Cienega Blvd.
Mahoney was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said.
— City News Service
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