Police released photos of the car they say hit Jere Whitney, a 78-year-old grandmother who was a writer and well-liked volunteer at the Long Beach Playhouse.
“She was a true artist,” a friend said. “Such a champion for the arts.”
A woman who was severely injured after a hit-and-run in Belmont Shore on Tuesday died from her injuries, Long Beach police said Thursday.
The man was reportedly pushing a disabled vehicle from behind when another vehicle struck him in North Long Beach, police said.
The victim, Derrick Smith, 54, had worked as a security guard for about a decade, according to his mother. He was a dedicated worker, never late, someone who was an “old-fashioned guy” and just went to work and home, she said.
Police were searching for the driver, who fled on foot after the crash did serious damage to his or her vehicle.
“She had a joke, and she had a hug for you,” said Synthya Batiste, who grew up in West Long Beach with 54-year-old Stephanie Jackson.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s identified the victim as 54-year-old Stephanie Jackson.
Officers were first called to the area of 12th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, near St. Mary Medical Center, at about 2:25 a.m. on Dec. 15, police said.
Brenda’s sister, Erica Cardenas, stepped outside and walked to the local store to pick up an item. That was the last time Brenda would ever see her.