Man dies 3 days after being struck by hit-and-run driver near CSULB

Police are looking for the driver in a Dec. 24 hit-and-run crash that killed a man near Cal State Long Beach, the Long Beach Police Department said today.

Police said the crash happened around 10:17 p.m. in the area of Atherton Street and Montair Avenue. Officers responded and found a man in the roadway suffering from critical injuries, according to the LBPD.

An investigation revealed that the man was crossing northbound on Atherton Street, outside of a crosswalk, when a silver sedan traveling westbound struck him. The sedan’s driver fled the scene before officers arrived, the LBPD said.

Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and transported the man to a local hospital in critical condition. Today, detectives were notified that the man passed away yesterday, police said. His identity has not been publicly released while the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office works to notify his next of kin.

Police are also investigating a deadly hit and run that happened Monday night. A woman died after being struck along Fourth Street by a red pickup truck that fled the scene.

Police asked anyone with information about either crash to contact Detective Kelsey Myers or Detective Joseph Johnson at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or visting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Editor’s note: Police originally said the crash happened on Dec. 21 but later said it occurred on Dec. 24. This article has been updated to reflect that correction.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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