Long Beach police today released video footage of a car they say was involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Central Long Beach last month.
Police say they need the public’s help to identify and find the driver of the car, which appears to be a dark-colored sedan.
“Evidence located at the scene, combined with the included surveillance video, has led investigators to believe the vehicle shown … was involved in the collision,” the LBPD said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “The vehicle will be missing a driver-side view mirror.”
The car’s driver fled the scene after hitting a man the was crossing Pacific Coast Highway near Pasadena Avenue sometime around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Officers on patrol in the area later found the man lying in the roadway, and he was subsequently transported by Long Beach Fire Department personnel to a local hospital with injuries that were at the time considered not to be life-threatening, police said.
But the man’s condition began to deteriorate, and he died on March 24. His family identified the man to the Post as 76-year-old Sy Thongdy.
Thongdy was described by his children as a great father who loved to have fun, especially singing.
He leaves behind five children and 12 grandchildren, his family said.
“His life was cut short because of the carelessness of the person that hit him,” Thongdy’s son Donnty told the Post. “It’s just heartbreaking because we didn’t have the opportunity to tell him face to face that we care for him and we love him.”