Authorities ID Bicyclist Crushed to Death by Large Container That Dislodged From Big Rig in Carson

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A bicyclist who died after being crushed by a container that fell from a big rig in Carson was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Wednesday.

Robert Castorena was killed when a container from a big rig fell on him on Oct. 28, 2015, in Carson. (Credit: California DMV)
Robert Castorena was killed when a container from a big rig fell on him on Oct. 28, 2015, in Carson. (Credit: California DMV)

Robert Castorena, 51, died after the container tumbled off a tractor-trailer on South Santa Fe Avenue near Warnock Way around 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

The container crushed the Long Beach man, who was riding his bike on a nearby sidewalk at the time, Lt. Arthur Escamillas of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Carson Station said.

Castorena was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities were investigating the possibility that the container was pushed off the big rig after hitting an overhanging railroad bridge, Escamillas said.

Castorena was killed on a street that often sees truck traffic moving to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

A container yard is nearby, as is the interchange of the 405 and 710 freeways. The area is on the border of a residential part of Carson and an industrial section of Long Beach.

KTLA’s Irving Last contributed to this story.

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