Woman in critical condition after hit-and-run dies from injuries days later

A woman who was severely injured after a hit-and-run in Belmont Heights on Tuesday died from her injuries, Long Beach police said Thursday.

Police said that 78-year-old Jere Whitney of Long Beach was crossing Fourth Street on a marked crosswalk with a green light when a driver traveling northbound on Ximeno Avenue made a left turn onto Fourth Street and struck the woman. The suspect driving a red Subaru Outback or Crosstrek then fled the scene westbound on Fourth Street, police said.

Officers arrived to the scene at around 10 p.m., and found Whitney on the roadway, who was suffering from major injuries to her upper body and was then transported to the hospital in critical condition, police said.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail Det. Kelsey Myers or Det. Joseph Johnson at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the incident occurred in Belmont Shore rather than Belmont Heights.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.