PALMDALE – The 45-year-old motorcyclist who died Monday night after he was thrown off his bike and then struck by an SUV on 10th Street West and Avenue O has been identified as Chungmin Jimmy Lu.
Lu was founder and director of The Art Branch Foundation, the nonprofit organization over Gabriel’s House – the Palmdale Neighborhood House in memory of eight-year-old child abuse victim Gabriel Fernandez.
Located at 38533 4th Street East in Palmdale, Gabriel’s House opened in February as a music and performing arts center to provide children in the area with the opportunity to develop their creative talents, free of charge.
Lu and his wife, Kim, were instrumental in bringing the project to fruition, and Lu also taught drama classes at Gabriel’s House.
Wednesday morning, Kim said she was still numb over the loss of Lu. However, she wanted the community to know that she was committed to keeping her husband’s vision alive, both at The Art Branch and at Gabriel’s House.
“We would like to thank everyone that got the project going like the Mayor, and Trish Jones and Mike Miller… He would want to keep the project alive, and I’m going to keep the project going,” Kim said.
Kim said she’s planning a public memorial for her husband and would have more details in the future.
Around 7:49 p.m. Monday (April 7), Lu was riding a 1982 Harley Davidson southbound on 10th Street West, when he apparently made a U-turn in front of a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, sheriff’s officials said.
The Chrysler Sebring crashed into Lu’s motorcycle, throwing him into the northbound lanes of 10th Street West, where he was hit by a 2006 Chevy Suburban, sheriff’s officials said.
Lu was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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