Woman dies after being struck by driver in West Long Beach, police say

A woman died at the hospital several days after she was struck by a driver while crossing the street in West Long Beach, police said today.

The traffic collision originally occurred around 10:10 p.m. July 30 on Pacific Coast Highway, just east of the Terminal Island Freeway. The woman, who was headed southbound across Pacific Coast Highway, was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when the driver of a 2005 Dodge Durango headed westbound hit her, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The driver, who was only identified as a Compton man, immediately stopped to try to help the woman, police said. He remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, according to the LBPD. Investigators do not believe speeding, alcohol, drugs or distracted driving were factors in the crash.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the woman lying in the roadway and rendered aid. She was then transported by Long Beach Fire Department personnel to a local hospital in critical condition, police said.

On Wednesday, detectives were notified that the woman died, police said. Her identity has not been publicly released while the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office works to notify her next of kin.

The LBPD has publicly reported 27 traffic collision deaths so far this year. Of the 27 deaths, 14 were pedestrians.

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