Man killed crossing street; hit-and-run driver arrested, police say

A 23-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of fatally hitting a pedestrian and then fleeing the scene in Long Beach’s Washington neighborhood Thursday night, according to police.

Police said the deadly crash happened around 8:40 p.m. when a 59-year-old man was crossing Magnolia Avenue near Cowles Street. Police said he was in an unmarked crosswalk when a 1998 Honda Civic headed southbound on Magnolia hit him.

Paramedics found the man in the roadway and rushed him to the hospital where he died, LBPD spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.

Soon, officers found the car they believe was involved in the crash and arrested the suspected driver at his apartment about a mile to the south on Magnolia, according to police.

Police identified the driver as Ethen Hazelton, 23, of Long Beach. He was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run and held on $50,000 bail, Dandoy said.

Investigators don’t believe the driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol, Dandoy said.

Police haven’t identified the victim, pending notification to his family.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with more information from police.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.