On Saturday, August 1, 2015, at approximately 7:11 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to the eastbound lanes of the Gerald Desmond Bridge at its crest, regarding a three vehicle traffic collision involving a wrong way driver, which resulted in a traffic fatality.
Earlier in the morning, officers observed a vehicle driving erratically and crashing through barricades in the area of Special Olympic events. Officers attempted to follow the vehicle through the Downtown Long Beach Bicycle Path after it struck numerous objects, but lost sight of the vehicle.
Witnesses directed officers toward the Gerald Desmond Bridge regarding a multi-vehicle traffic collision. Upon arrival, officers found two vehicles on fire and immediately attempted to rescue the drivers. Despite life-saving efforts by several officers, one driver succumbed to his injuries and was determined deceased at the scene. An officer sustained minor injuries to his arm during his attempt to extricate the driver. The officer was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.
Long Beach Fire Department personnel provided rescue and fire suppression services, as well as medical aid at the scene. Fire personnel transported the two remaining drivers in critical condition to local hospitals.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2012 Mercedes Benz being driven by Alvin Ray Shaw, a 28-year-old resident of Hawthorne, California, entered the eastbound lanes of Ocean Blvd at Golden Shore traveling westbound towards the Gerald Desmond Bridge against eastbound traffic.
At the crest point of the Gerald Desmond Bridge, the Mercedes, still traveling westbound against eastbound traffic, collided with a 2014 Ford Fusion, driven by a 21-year-old resident of San Pedro, and a 2010 Nissan Pickup Truck. Both the Ford and Nissan vehicles were traveling eastbound in the eastbound lanes of the Gerald Desmond Bridge. The resulting collision caused the Mercedes Benz and the Nissan truck to catch fire. The Mercedes appears to be the same vehicle that was seen driving erratically and through barricades earlier.
The deceased male driver of the 2010 Nissan truck is not being identified at this time. The Los Angeles County Coroner will make positive identification and notify next of kin.
It is unknown, at this time, if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org