Long Beach California, Crash on 4th and Olive 8-9-17

60 seconds earlier this guy could have been us.

If you are wondering where that huge hole in the side of Ace Hardware on 4th and Olive came from, last night around 11 o’clock a car hit a motorcycle on the corner of 4th and Alamitos and tried to flee the scene but only made it one block before crashing through the side of the Ace Hardware store at 4th and Olive

Motorcycle hit and run on Alamitos and 4th, the car that hit the bike careened down 4th and crashed through the side of the Ace Hardware store. The driver and her passenger suffered what looked like minor scrapes, were arrested and treated on scene.

Drunk drivers are not unusual in our culture, and there was plenty of that in Vermont as well as Massachusetts, but here in Long Beach California is has a special resonance, as we are always walking or biking to places. The dangerous behavior of drunk driving has become less unique with so many people using smart phones these days, texting and being distracted with their phones.

Moving to Long Beach, California almost a year ago has been a bit of a culture shock.  There are so many people in Southern California, it makes my head spin.  There are people everywhere, all the time.  The crash last night brought many out onto the street in their bedclothes, as the weather over the last couple of months has been really hot, and most people in Long beach do not have air conditioning, so they sleep with their windows open. This crash on 4th and Olive was pretty loud, much screeching, banging and crashing.  This is not the first wreck we have witnessed, there was a guy who crashed into a light pole on 7th Street in broad daylight a couple of months ago.  He was totally wasted, and the sounds brought many people out onto the street in the middle of the day.  I think I have some photos of that one that I will post when I find them, link them to this post.

Post update: The Long Beach Post picked up the story and ran a couple of our photos, YAY!  Thank you Stephanie Rivera of the LBP!

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