Woman killed in West Long Beach hit-and-run, police say

A woman died Wednesday night after being struck by a car in West Long Beach, and police are looking for the driver, authorities said.

Police say the woman was struck sometime around 11:35 p.m. in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Harbor Avenue. When officers got to the scene, they found the woman unconscious and lying in the roadway suffering from critical injuries, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement today. Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived soon after and pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

Authorities said she had been walking in an unknown direction within a marked crosswalk at the intersection of PCH and Harbor Avenue when she was struck by the driver of a 2002 Toyota Avalon traveling westbound on PCH.

The driver, who was traveling at an unknown rate of speed, fled the scene and was last seen going northbound on Santa Fe Avenue. Officers located the driver’s car nearby, but there was nobody inside, police said.

The coroner’s office is working to identify the victim and notify her next of kin, police said. At this time, she has only been identified as a woman between 30 and 40 years old.

Police urged anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact detectives at 562-570-7355.

The LBPD has reported 16 traffic fatalities so far this year, with nine of the victim having been pedestrians.

This story was updated to reflect the correct number of traffic fatalities this year. 

UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after deadly crash on 710 Freeway

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