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Motorcyclist Seriously Hurt in "Horrendous Crash" at Cerritos-Lakewood Border

The 29-year-old motorcycle rider from Lakewood was struck by an SUV at the intersection of Norwalk and Del Amo boulevards on Tuesday night.

Updated at 11 a.m. Wednesday: The victim, a 29-year-old Lakewood resident, is said to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery late Tuesday night.


A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries Tuesday night when he collided with an SUV at the intersection of Norwalk and Del Amo boulevards along the Cerritos-Lakewood border, leaving the busy intersection shut down for more than an hour.

A Cerritos resident was driving a full-sized SUV eastbound on Del Amo Boulevard and made a left turn at the green light, heading north on Norwalk Boulevard, according to Traffic Detective Tim Britt of the Cerritos Sheriff's Station.

"At that same point in time, a motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Del Amo Boulevard ... the SUV turned into his path and a collision occurred," Britt said. Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel were summoned to the scene at 7:48 p.m. and the intersection was immediately closed off to accommodate the investigation. 

The injured man, a 29-old from Lakewood, was transported to Long Beach Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and underwent, Britt said.

The victim, who was wearing a helmet during the "horrendous crash," was listed in stable condition as of Wednesday morning, he added. 

The detective said the man in the SUV was not hurt, "It was simply a case of not seeing the motorcycle coming at him. No alcohol or drugs were involved in this case."

"Be Alert and Aware of Oncoming Traffic," Detective Says


Britt said the accident serves as a reminder of how important it is for motorists to be alert and aware of oncoming traffic -- especially when it comes to those on motorcycles and bicycles.

"There are lots of 2-wheel vehicles rolling around the streets in this area, and I see bicyclists riding at night without lights on all the time, making it so much more difficult to see them on the streets," he said. "Motorcycles are a lot more difficult to recognize on the street than cars, so the main thing is that motorists really need to concentrate when they're driving."

"Driving is not something you should take lightly," Britt emphasized, pointing out that motorists sometimes tend to pay less attention when driving in familiar areas.

"When driving in areas where you live, people tend to do it robotically and don't pay close attention to things they should," he said. "Driving is not a divided-attention activity -- all your attention needs to be put into driving."

Britt said that in Tuesday's accident, there was nothing to indicate that the SUV driver was distracted or using a cellphone, it appeared that he simply did not see the motorcycle approaching. 

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DID YOU HAPPEN TO BE NEAR THE SITE OF THE ACCIDENT TUESDAY NIGHT? WHAT DID YOU HEAR OR SEE? WHAT DO YOU THINK NEEDS TO BE DONE TO CURTAIL COLLISIONS AT THIS INTERSECTION? 

Priyanka October 03, 2012 at 07:29 AM
I think this is crazy! I am always hearing about accidents that happen on The intersection of Norwalk and Del Amo. I take the route to school and back all week and I definitely get scared when I am making a left onto Norwalk from Del Amo. It's never a green arrow... Just a yield sign. It's so dangerous to yield when traffic from the opposite side is also making a left. The city needs to do something about this. It's a dangerous intersection!
Katie Miller October 03, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I think drivers of large vehicles and autos, need to be more alert to 'bike riders'/motorcyle riders. Most bikers are very cautious, good riders; the SUV should have given the biker the right of way-not make a left turn in front of him. I thought there already was a 'passive-protected' green arrow for making left turns? All drivers need to SLOW DOWN AND OBEY the rules of the road.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Katie, I think you bring up a good point about drivers needing to just slow down. I travel on that section of Del Amo daily and it boggles my mind to see how people speed down that street, even when kids are getting out of Artesia High. In last night's accident, the traffic detective did emphasize that the driver of the SUV said he did not see the motorcyclist coming, so he was not actively disregarding the bikers right of way. Fortunately, I spoke to Det. Britt this morning and he said the victim is in stable condition so it looks like he'll be recovering from this accident ~ MSS
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Priyanka, I've covered a few accidents at that intersection now. Definitely a spot that motorists need to pay extra attention to when they cross through!
Sue Smith October 04, 2012 at 04:42 AM
There needs to be a hard left turn there only, no passive left turns. I take that route everyday to Cerritos HS and it is a nightmare.
David T. October 04, 2012 at 05:03 PM
This is a busy and dangerous intersection and always has been. Especially turning north or south from Del Amo to Norwalk seems to be more challenging there due to the amount of traffic and speed in this area. If there is another vehicle turning on the other side your vision is even blocked more depending on the types of vehicles turning. I agree with Sue controlled turn lanes would help here.
NANCY MOSQUEDA October 05, 2012 at 11:15 PM
MY SON WAS KILLED THREE YEARS AGO OFF 195TH & SHERYL .HIS NAME IS BOBBY LEON ONLY 28 YEARS OLD. BY A YOUNG LADY JUST 2 YEARS YOUNGER THEN HIM..TILL THIS DAY I AND HIS TWO KIDS HE LEFTED BEHIND WE ARE SO DEVASTATED.THIS HAPPEN BECAUSE THE GIRL SAID SHE JUST DID SEE MY SON.THAT WAS HER EXCUSE FOR TAKING A LIFE.PLEASE WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLE .THERE IS SOMEONES LOVED ONE ON IT.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 08:53 AM
Nancy, I am so so sorry for your loss. Can't even imagine what it feels like to lose a child, especially at such a young age. if you don't mind me asking, I often see balloons or cards at that corner ~ are those left in memory of your son? I've always wondered what happened there as the accident occurred before Cerritos Patch ever began. Could you please email me? I would love to talk with you ~ the memorial of flowers and cards I often see on that corner have always struck a chord with me. ~ MarieSam, Editor for Cerritos-Artesia Patch. mariesam@patch.com
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 08:54 AM
David, I am totally the same way turning at that intersection. It's REALLY hard to see traffic because it often gets blocked.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Sue, I'm going to ask around about the possibility of having controlled turning lanes there. Seems like such an accident prone spot ~ the one thing that may be a problem is that it's right on the Cerritos/Lakewood border so not quite whose hands that change would fall into. But I'll definitely ask around!

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