Shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 31st, 51-year-old scooter rider Mark Alonso was killed in a collision with a truck in a Long Beach traffic circle. While traveling westbound on Pacific Coast Highway from the Los Alamitos Traffic Circle the driver of the 2003 Chevy S-10 pickup truck lost control of the vehicle, veering into opposing lanes of traffic and crashing into Alonso’s 2009 Piaggio Scooter. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident and believe excessive speed and slick roadways may have been a factor.
“The formal investigation into a fatal accident can take several weeks,” explained a California personal injury lawyer, “which can present challenges to determining what happened for the victim’s family.”
Long Beach accounted for 19 of the 390 fatalities and 1,704 of the 64,178 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.
In 2009, the Press-Telegram reported that the Los Alamitos Traffic Circle is the number one place to be involved in a crash in Long Beach, with an average of 44 collisions occurring there annually.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Mark Alonso, the scooter rider who was killed in the collision with the truck last Saturday.
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