The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office identified a bicyclist who was killed in a traffic accident late Tuesday night as 50-year-old Susan E. Curtis, Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Thursday.
The Long Beach woman died shortly after being hit in the Bellflower Boulevard and Atherton Street intersection, after riding through a red traffic signal, authorities said.
The driver, a 19-year-old Los Alamitos man, was not cited.
Curtis often rode her bicycle to work, said Melissa Knievel-Natanson, co-owner of Up, Up and Away, a Seal Beach kite shop where Curtis worked for more than seven years. She said the dead rider considererd the bicleher primary transportation.
Curtis, an animal lover who lived alone and worked two part-time jobs, also worked as a pet sitter and dog walker, Knievel-Natanson said. She added that Curtis owned a menagerie of pets, including one dog and six cats.
"Her life was her animals," Knievel-Natanson said, adding that Curtis often worked to find homes for pets.
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