Update: Lakewood bike rider killed in early morning collision with suspected drunk driver

Sad news today, as a woman lost her life in an early morning collision.

According to the Press-Telegram, a woman was hit by a car while riding her bike on the 11700 block of Del Amo Blvd in Lakewood around 2 am Sunday morning.

The driver went on to hit a telephone pole, and was later arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

No word on the identity of the victim or how the collision occurred, though a satellite view shows a bike lane on the street.

This is the 14th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the sixth in Los Angeles County. That compares to 33 in SoCal this time last year and 14 in LA County.

Update: KNBC-4 reports the victim was trying to cross Del Amo at Pioneer Blvd, rather than riding on Del Amo. That intersection is controlled by a four-way traffic signal, which suggest that someone most likely ran the red light.

She died at the scene. The driver was also injured, and taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Update 2: The suspect has been identified by KABC-7 as 24-year old Emmanuel Camacho. The station reports that he hit a telephone pole two blocks away from the collision that killed the bike rider, yet for some reason, sheriff’s deputies were not calling it a hit-and-run.

Update 3: The Press-Telegram has identified the victim as 33-year old Lakewood resident Crista Contreras; her Facebook page has turned into an online memorial. 

The paper also reports Camacho has been released on $100,000 bond, and is due in court on Tuesday, April 21st.

My deepest sympathy and prayers for Crista Contreras and her loved ones.

Thanks to Danny Gamboa for the link to her Facebook page. 

3 comments

  1. JD says:

    Our prayers go up for the family and friends of the victim.

  2. Brittney says:

    I can’t believe they’re not calling it a hit and run they found him two blocks from the site! I pray he gets everything he deserves, he left four children without a mother think about that they will never have any time with her again. sad.

  3. Meghan says:

    Emmanuel Camacho Got a slap on the hand after killing Crista. Justice has not been served I dont understand why he was ever given a chance to bail out thats stupidity Lakewood sheriffs let him get away with murder her family deserves Jusitce. Emmanuel Camacho must be held responsible for his actions. I will email every new station till that low life is back where he belongs behind bars. Crista was/is a good person I WANT JUSTICE FOR HER AND HER FAMILY

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