08.08.2021 | 8:51 AM | HUNTINGTON BEACH – A crash involving an SUV and a tandem bicycle left a husband dead and his wife hospitalized, Sunday morning.
The crash involving a red 2005 Ford Explorer and a tandem bicycle was reported near the intersection of Magnolia Street and Hamilton Avenue around 8:51 AM.
Officers arriving on scene located both bicycle riders, a 74-year-old male and his 82-year-old wife, down in the roadway suffering from injuries as a result of the crash.
Firefighter paramedics treated the riders on scene before transporting them to an area hospital.
Tragically the male rider was later pronounced deceased from his injuries. His wife remains hospitalized but is expected to survive.
The driver of the Ford, a 30-year-old female, remained on scene and was cooperating with law enforcement.
Police do not believe that drugs or alcohol do not appear were a factor in the crash but an investigation is ongoing.
Preliminary reports indicate that the Ford was traveling westbound on Hamilton Avenue when it collided with the riders who were heading northbound on Magnolia Street through the intersection.
Anyone who saw the crash or witnessed the events leading up to it are urged to contact Huntington Beach Police Department Traffic Investigator Demetre at (714) 536-5670, or Investigator V. Rattanchandani at (714) 536-5663.
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline at (800) 78-CRIME or by visiting the Orange County Crime Stoppers website at www.occrimestoppers.org.