Hit-and-run on PCH leaves man severely hurt in Signal Hill; driver arrested

Police were able to quickly track down and arrest a hit-and-run driver that left a man crossing the street severely injured in Signal Hill early Friday morning, according to authorities.

The crash happened around 12:22 a.m. on Pacific Coast Highway at Freeman Avenue, Signal Hill police Sgt. Steve Noble said.

The man was crossing PCH when a car headed westbound hit him, Noble said.

The driver fled, according to police, but after getting a description of his vehicle from witnesses, Long Beach officers quickly spotted the car in the 1400 block of Hile Avenue, which is just a few blocks from the scene of the crash.

Officers arrested the driver, who was still with the car, Noble said.

Police booked him into jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and held him in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to authorities.

Noble couldn’t immediately provide the driver’s name but said he’s a Long Beach resident in his early 20s. The victim is a Long Beach resident in his 40s, Noble said.

It’s not clear at this point whether the man was crossing the street in a crosswalk, Noble said. Police don’t think drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, he added.

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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.