Critically Wounded Pedestrian Dies Days After Hit-and-Run Crash in Harte Neighborhood

A 55-year-old Long Beach man died Thursday five days after he was hit by a car while crossing an intersection in Long Beach’s Harte neighborhood, authorities announced over the weekend.

Officers responded to a call regarding an injury traffic collision at Cherry Avenue and 55th Street at approximately 7:27PM on Saturday, November 5. They discovered the pedestrian lying unconscious and being treated by passersby already at the scene, according to a release from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) transported the man—who authorities have not identified—to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition until his death on November 10.

Police said a beige colored 4-door vehicle was traveling north on Cherry Avenue when it hit the pedestrian.

“After striking the pedestrian, the vehicle slowed or stopped briefly before fleeing north on Cherry Avenue,” the release stated.

According to witness statements, the vehicle may possibly be a Nissan Sentra, and the two occupants are described as male Hispanics.

The driver’s side windshield was also described to having extensive damage from the collision, according to witnesses.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call L.B.P.D Collision Investigations Detective Steve Fox at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.
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