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

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.

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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.

Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor of the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @jeremiahdobruck on Twitter.

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