Harbor Scenic Drive
On Friday, Nov. 22, at approximately 8:05pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to the 700 block of Harbor Scenic Drive regarding an injury traffic collision involving a semi-tractor trailer that resulted in the death of an adult male driver, police said.
The preliminary investigation indicated that the driver of the semi-tractor trailer was traveling westbound on Harbor Scenic Drive from the Harbor Plaza exit. He was traveling at a high rate of speed when he apparently struck the south curb of the roadway, causing him to swerve toward and onto the center median, police said. The semi-truck’s tractor struck a pillar and caused the tractor and its trailer’s connection to sever. The tractor overturned, and its diesel fuel tank exploded. The trailer continued westbound where it overturned and came to rest in the westbound lanes of traffic.
Paramedics from the Long Beach Fire Department responded and pronounced the driver of the semi-tractor trailer deceased at the scene. The identity of the driver will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and released pending notification of next of kin.
Stearns Street/Marwick Avenue
On Saturday, Nov. 23, at approximately 9:27am, Long Beach Police responded to the intersection of Stearns Street and Marwick Avenue regarding a vehicle-motorcycle traffic collision that resulted in the death of the male adult motorcyclist, according to LBPD.
The preliminary investigation indicated that the rider of a Yamaha motorcycle was traveling westbound on Stearns Street when it collided with a Nissan Altima, driven by a female resident of Long Beach. The driver of the Nissan, who was traveling eastbound on Stearns Street, was attempting to make a left turn into the shopping center when the collision occurred.
The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The investigation remains ongoing. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the motorcyclist pending notification to next of kin, according to the LBPD.
20th Street/Pacific Avenue
On Sunday, Nov. 24, at approximately 7pm, officers located a stolen vehicle traveling in the area of 20th Street and Pacific Avenue. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic-enforcement stop, however, the driver of the stolen vehicle failed to yield and proceeded to accelerate away from the officers, who initiated a pursuit, police said.
During the pursuit, the vehicle traveled westbound on Pacific Coast Highway toward the 103 (Terminal Island) Freeway. The driver attempted to turn southbound onto the freeway, but because of his speed, travelled over the embankment. The vehicle flipped several times, and both the driver and a passenger were ejected. After the traffic collision, the driver attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by officers a short distance away.
The passenger sustained massive head trauma and was determined deceased at the scene. His identity will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and released pending notification of next of kin. The suspect, identifed as 36-year-old Nolan Campbell of Cerritos, was transported to a local hospital with injuries that appeared to be non-life-threatening. He was possibly under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the incident, and once he is medically cleared from the hospital, will be booked for multiple felonies.
The vehicle, a 2003 black GMC Sierra pick-up truck, had been reported stolen in Long Beach earlier in the day.
Those with information regarding these collisions are asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detective Richard Birdsall at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .