Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run on Pacific Coast Highway, police say

A pedestrian died Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle in Long Beach’s Zaferia neighborhood, and police say they are searching for the driver responsible.

Police said the victim, whose identity is being withheld until authorities notify his next of kin, was crossing Pacific Coast Highway outside of a crosswalk west of Temple Avenue when the driver of a black Chevrolet SUV struck him.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and was last seen continuing westbound on PCH, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Police arrived at the scene of the crash around 8:29 p.m. and found the man lying in the middle of the roadway, authorities said.

Officers began checking the pedestrian’s vital signs until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived and began performing life-saving measures, police said. After being transported to a local hospital, the man died from his injuries, the LBPD said.

The LBPD has publicly reported 35 traffic collision deaths so far this year; 20 have involved the death of a pedestrian.

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