Woman killed in early morning hit-and-run crash in East Long Beach

Long Beach police are investigating a deadly crash that left a woman lying in the street on Woodruff Avenue at Willow Street early Wednesday morning, officials said.

Officers were called to the scene just after 1:40 a.m. about a person down. When they got to the scene, officers found a woman lying in the center lane of southbound Woodruff Avenue near Deborah Street, police said. She was determined to be dead at the scene.

“Officer’s preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was walking in the southbound lanes of Woodruff Avenue when a vehicle, also traveling southbound, collided with her. The vehicle failed to stop after the collision and fled the scene,” police said.

The woman’s age and name were not available. The the Los Angeles County Coroner will identify her after notifying her next of kin, police said.

Police asked anyone who may have witnessed this collision to call Det. David Lauro at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-222-8477 or visiting  www.crimestoppers.org.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.