Police seek second driver who may have fled after deadly crash

Police are looking for the driver of a red SUV that may have been involved in a deadly crash in West Long Beach Sunday night.

The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Caspian Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

A man was walking across PCH when a Toyota Camry headed westbound hit him, police said. Rescuers rushed to the scene and found the man in the roadway, police said. Medics took him to the hospital where he died, according to the LBPD.

Authorities haven’t publicly identified the man, but they said he appeared to be in his 50s. They said he was crossing the street in an “unmarked crosswalk” at Caspian Avenue.

According to police, the Camry’s driver, a 56-year-old from Wilmington, stayed at the scene. Police said they don’t think drugs, alcohol or cellphone distraction were factors in the crash.

Now, however, investigators are looking for a second diver.

After the Camry hit the victim, police think it’s possible a red Chevrolet Tahoe also struck him while he was in the roadway.

The Tahoe’s driver left the scene, and authorities only found the empty SUV about four hours later in Lomita, police said.

They asked anyone who may have useful information to contact  Detective Shawn Loughlin at 562-570-5520. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

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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.
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