A car crash has reduced the silvery abstract art piece known as 'the loop' to scrap after a driver lost control over the Labor Day weekend, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) told MTLB.
Out of "The Loop":
The DLBA installed the art piece in 2016 on the former Jergins Trust Building site. It was initially expected to be temporary but endured at the corner of Pine Avenue and Ocean Blvd until the crash.
The single-car crash occurred on Sunday, Sept. 9., at about 11:01 a.m., near Ocean Boulevard and Pine Avenue.
The female adult driver suffered "non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision," an LBPD spokesperson told the Modern Times.
Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported the driver to a nearby hospital.
Police say the driver was heading east on Ocean Boulevard when she lost control of her car and crashed into "a bus stop, trash can, parking meter, scooters, and a palm tree."
The palm tree would crash onto "The Loop," breaking the abstract art.No other injuries were reported, and the investigation is ongoing.
DLBA told the Modern Times they are looking for "funding from Distrct 2"
Officials say a 23-year-old Long Beach man died after losing control of his motorcycle Sunday.
The Long Beach Police Department says a 2013 Kawasaki motorcycle, driven by a 23-year-old male resident, lost control while traveling north on Pacific Avenue.
The motorcyclist would go on to hit the curb, "causing the driver to become separated from the motorcycle," ending with the motorcycle crashing into a Ford Mustang.
Officers performed life-saving measures until LBFD arrived and transported the motorcyclist to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
The driver of the Mustang cooperated with the investigation and was released from the scene.
Police say they don't know if the motorcyclist was impaired at the time, but "speed is being investigated as a possible factor in the collision."
Updated: Sep 1
Colin Slater, a guard for the CSULB men's basketball team, went public Saturday about his run-in with the LBPD over the weekend, saying officers pulled him over "for no reason," other than he was "Just young & black driving to his house."
What he's saying:
Slater took to Twitter to share his experience of what happened Saturday, writing that he was pulled over while entering his garage. They [the police] "followed us into the alley and flagged me down. No marijuana present, no alcohol present, no probable cause at all."
🔸 According to Slater, the officer's justification for the traffic stop was because his driver's side and passenger front windows were tinted. Still, Slater contends that accusation, writing that the windows were down at the time of the traffic stop.
🔸 Slater would go on to write that the officers questioned his roommate about whether or not he was living at the residence and said, "Man this is the stuff that really give you PTSD fr fr."
What they're saying:
LBSU Athletic director Andy Fee wrote on Twitter, "Ridiculous. Definitely not OK and sorry you were treated so poorly. I personally know your character and moral compass. Stay strong and keep your head up high!"
🔸 LBSU Men's Basketball team Twitter account posted in reaction: "Terrible. Not okay. I'm sorry you had to go thru this. They don't realize what an amazing person they messed with."
🔸 LBPD spokesperson Arantxa Chavarria said, "The Police Department is aware of this post and has already reached out via social media. If order for us to potentially investigate we will need the details of the incident—what day and time it happened, etc., which we currently do not have."
Editor’s note: This story is updated with a comment from the Long Beach Police Department.