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Jaylen Ramon Bell-Maxwell, 21

Jaylen Ramon Bell-Maxwell, a 21-year-old black man, died Thursday, Dec. 21, after sustaining blunt force trauma in the 16500 block of South Western Avenue in Gardena, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

About noon, Bell-Maxwell was riding his motorcycle when he got into an argument with a driver of an Infiniti sedan, according to Garden Police Department news release. The dispute escalated when the pair collided in the roadway, causing both to veer into a storefront, police said. 

Police responded to the scene, and Bell-Maxwell was transported to a hospital, where he died at 12:52 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

The sedan driver, Oscar Villa, 24, of Hawthorne, was arrested and charged with murder, according to prosecutors. Detectives said they could not determine what led to the argument. 

Villa's arraignment hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Gardena police detectives at (310) 217-9670. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

Contact the Homicide Report or follow us at @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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