On June 2, 2013, at approximately 6:50pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a traffic accident at Del Amo Boulevard and Elm Street.
According to the LBPD, arriving officers discovered that a motorcycle had hit a tree and exploded on impact, causing the tree, motorcycle and driver to catch fire.
Long Beach Fire Department responded, extinguished the fire and discovered the driver deceased at the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was driving a 2007 Yamaha RS and traveling westbound on Del Amo Boulevard approaching Elm Street.
The victim had been riding with a group of four other motorcyclist friends when he attempted to pass the group on the right, in the number-three lane, at a high rate of speed. He lost control of his motorcycle, struck the curb and then a tree, causing an explosion on impact
The group of friends stopped and attempted to rescue the victim from the fire until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived.
The driver has been identified as Daniel Thy, a 22 year-old resident of Long Beach. According to the LBPD, he had recently bought the motorcycle and did not have a valid motorcycle driver’s license.
The LBPD is requesting that anyone with information regarding the incident call Collision Investigations Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org .