An elderly woman crossing Sepulveda Boulevard at Sixth Street in Manhattan Beach died Tuesday morning after being hit by a northbound motorcyclist, who also died in the crash, according to police.
Police have identified the pedestrian as Ruby May Hixson, an 87-year-old Manhattan Beach resident. The motorcyclist was identified as Daniel M. Lindeman, 41, of Torrance.
The Manhattan Beach Police and Fire departments received a call about the accident at 5:25 a.m. Upon responding, they found a witness attempting to assist the motorcyclist, MBPD Public Information Officer Stephanie Martin said.
The motorcyclist’s Kawasaki Ninja sport bike had come to a halt two blocks north of the pedestrian victim, in the 800 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, in front of El Pollo Loco, Martin said.
Michael Morgan, owner of Motorcycle Michael’s, noted that the stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard between Second Street and Eighth Street is inviting to speeders because there are no stop lights. But the crest at Second Street blinds speeders to traffic ahead of them, noted Morgan, who lives near Second Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.
Sepulveda Boulevard, from Artesia Boulevard on the south to Manhattan Beach Boulevard on the north, was closed Tuesday until 3 p.m. while Manhattan Beach police investigated the accident scene. Hawthorne Police’s traffic division is assisting in the investigation, Martin said.
The motorcyclist’s speed, and responsibility for the accident will not be determined until the investigation is completed, which could take four to six weeks, Martin said.