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Cyclist hit by motorist in California and then stabbed to death

Victim was ER doctor in Laguna Beach

Photo by: ABC7

An emergency room doctor in Long Beach, Calif., was killed when riding his bicycle on Wednesday after a motorist mowed him down and then stabbed him as he lay on the pavement. Michael Mammone, 58, was a physician at Providence Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach.

Police said that Vanroy Smith, 39, of Long Beach, hit Mammone with his white Lexus sedan at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Crown Valley Parkway at 3 p.m.

Witnesses at the scene told cops that following the collision Smith exited his car and stabbed Mammone several times. According to ABC7, the onlookers also said that Smith had a BB gun when he approached Mammone, and began shouting at him.

Friends of Mammone said the doctor regularly rode his bike to the hospital.

The witnesses managed to apprehend Smith and hold him until police arrived. Sgt. Michael Woodruff called them “brave and heroic” for doing so.

The hospital where Mammone worked released a statement on Wednesday. “We are stunned by this devastating tragedy. The entire Mission Hospital family is grieving over the loss of an incredible physician and friend. We will honor Dr. Mammone’s dedication to our community and passion for medicine by continuing to provide exceptional care.”

Smith was arrested and has been charged with murder and will appear in court on Friday.