On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at approx. 4:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to Spring Street near El Dorado Park regarding a traffic collision involving a vehicle and bicyclist, which resulted in the death of the bicyclist several days later.
When officers arrived, they located a bicyclist in the roadway who had sustained major head and body trauma. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics arrived, and transported the bicyclist to a local hospital.
The preliminary investigation revealed the bicyclist was riding in the middle of lane number three, travelling westbound Spring Street west of El Dorado Park. As he approached the San Gabriel River, he was struck from behind by a 2007 Honda Accord being driven by a 53-year-old male resident of Cypress, also travelling westbound Spring Street in the number three lane.
The driver of the Honda remained at the scene, cooperated with the investigation, and was released pending further investigation.
The bicyclist, identified as 39-year-old Bryan Lembke of Crestline, remained hospitalized, and on Sunday, November 11, 2018, was pronounced deceased.
Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Accident Investigation Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.