Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested, Young Passenger Critically Wounded Following Morning Car Crash

A male driver suspected of fleeing after he collided with another vehicle, critically injuring a young female passenger, was arrested in West Long Beach Tuesday morning.

The crash happened on the 2800 block of Fashion Avenue at about 8:38AM.

Officials said Long Beach paramedics transported a young female passenger in critical condition to a local hospital.

Arriving officers learned that one of the drivers fled on foot and immediately searched for the suspect, eventually finding him and taking him into custody.

Authorities said the suspect was driving a silver 2000 Honda Accord north on Fashion Avenue at a high rate of speed, failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a black 2012 Toyota Camry, occupied by an adult male driver and two passengers, and two unoccupied parked vehicles.

The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Long Beach resident Darren Israel Briley, ran from the scene.

He was booked for driving under the influence, hit and run, and a probation violation. He is being held in Long Beach City Jail.

Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) detectives are investigating the incident.

No other information is available.

Note: this story was updated 3/23/17 with information on the crash and the suspect.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. 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. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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