A woman who died after being hit by a car near Cal State Long Beach last week has been identified as 32-year-old Stephanie Cerna, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said.
Officers discovered Cerna unconscious and lying in the roadway in the area of East Seventh Street and Campus Drive around 1:41 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22. Moments earlier, officers had received reports of a pedestrian walking in lanes of traffic.
Police said Cerna was walking east on Seventh Street in the eastbound lanes of traffic when she was struck by a Long Beach man driving a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander in the same direction. Cerna died at the scene.
The driver remained on the scene and cooperated with officers during their investigation. Neither distracted driving, impaired driving nor speed are believed to be factors in the collision, police said.
A GoFundMe page was created by Cerna’s family to cover the costs of her funeral expenses. It has raised $6,150 of the $15,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon.
Mariela Cerna-Lopez, the organizer for the GoFundMe page, posted a photo of smiling Cerna with the caption, “She was a very caring and kind soul. She always wanted to be a shoulder to lean on and always found little gifts to give those she loved.”