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A female bicyclist was fatally hit by a stolen car in North Long Beach early Saturday morning that was later found abandoned a few blocks away, authorities said.
The woman was bicycling eastbound at little after 1:00AM on Market Street in the center median along with her male friend, who was riding eastbound on Market Street on the north side of the street, according to a release from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
Officials said she was then hit from behind by a 2013 white Kia Optima that was traveling eastbound on Market Street at a high rate of speed and illegally passing a vehicle on the left in the center median.
The Kia was reported stolen, taken in carjacking in Long Beach, on July 8 near Pacific Coast Highway and Pine Avenue, officials stated.
“The White Kia never stopped and was last seen traveling eastbound Market Street at a high rate of speed, with four occupants,” the release stated.
Officers responded to the incident at 1:20AM on the 400 block of East Market Street and discovered the woman lying unconscious in the eastbound lanes of Market Street. Long Beach paramedics transported her to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, according to the release.
The vehicle was later found abandoned in a parking lot a few blocks away, near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and East 53rd Street, with “major front end damage and a smashed windshield.”
The county coroner’s office will release the victim’s name pending notification of kin.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Collision Investigations Detective Brian Watt at 562.570.5520. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by visiting http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/.
This story was updated at 12:30PM with revised information from the LBPD that all parties involved were traveling in the same direction, eastbound on Market Street.