NORWALK- A motorcyclist was killed Thursday morning when a driver lost control of her car and hit his motorcycle on the Artesia (91) Freeway in Norwalk, California Highway Patrol officials said. Authorities withheld the victim’s name but said he was a 53-year-old South Gate resident. The crash occurred at about 6:40 a.m. on the carpool lane of the eastbound 91, east of Norwalk Boulevard. CHP Officer Kevin O’Toole said the driver of a Honda Accord merging onto the freeway from Norwalk Boulevard at about 45 mph lost control, veered across the eastbound lanes and into the carpool lane, where her car hit the motorcycle. The impact ejected the motorcyclist over the center divider. He landed on the westbound carpool lane, said CHP Sgt. Charlie Sampson. Paramedics took the motorcyclist to La Palma Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Sampson said. Cinco de Mayo bash set Sunday SOUTH EL MONTE – One of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Southern California will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, 1600 N. Rosemead Blvd. The free family festival will feature live music from some of the top Mexican regional music bands, food booths, free samples provided by dozens of companies, and more. For more information, call (626) 575-5530. Blood Center open despite strike WHITTIER – Although some nurses and technicians for the American Red Cross went on strike Monday, officials at the Blood Donor Center at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital want residents to know they remain open, hospital official Terri Starkman said. Blood collected at the hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd., remains at the hospital for use by its patients, she said. The hospital’s donor center is open from 8 a.m to 6:30p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2872. `Friday Forum’ dance set tonight WHITTIER – The Skills Foundation will conduct its monthly “Friday Forum” dance from 7 to 10 tonight at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. Participants must attend school or live in Whittier and be in sixth, seventh or eighth grade and have a school I.D. and a permission slip from their parents. For more information, call (562) 464-3436. VFW fundraiser dinner tonight SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will hold a fundraising barbecue dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today. The suggested donation is $6.95 per plate. All proceeds help veterans. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Mother/daughter tea set Saturday WHITTIER – The Catholic Daughters of the Americas’ Whittier chapter will hold its fourth annual mother and daughter tea from 1 to 3p.m. Saturday in Smith Hall at St. Mary’s Church, 7215 Newlin Ave. Wear your prettiest hat bring your favorite tea cup. For more information, call (562) 698-7117. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!