Bicyclist pronounced brain-dead after being injured in H.B. collision

Mario Gomez, a 57-year-old Anaheim resident, was pronounced brain-dead Sunday after being injured in a collision in the area of Gothard Street and Heil Avenue in Huntington Beach on Friday, according to authorities.
(Daily Pilot)

A bicyclist who was injured in a collision in Huntington Beach last week was pronounced brain-dead Sunday, according to authorities.

Police said the cyclist — a 57-year-old Anaheim man the Orange County coroner’s office identified as Mario Gomez — and a 2003 Ford Expedition collided at about 6:30 a.m. Friday in the area of Gothard Street and Heil Avenue. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet and was traveling on the wrong side of the road when the crash occurred, authorities said.

Gomez suffered major trauma and was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he “received the second pronouncement of brain death” at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The Expedition sustained damage to its front end. The driver, a 34-year-old Huntington Beach man, was not injured and remained at the scene, police said.

The collision remains under investigation. Any witnesses, or anyone who has video footage of the area, is asked to contact police Investigator Adam Turner at (714) 536-5670 or Investigator Daniel Kim at (714) 536-5666.

Daily Pilot staff writer Julia Sclafani contributed to this report.

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11:48 a.m. Dec. 9, 2019: This article was originally published at 10:17 a.m. and was later updated with additional information.