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Long Beach Hit-Run Witness Killed

Good Samaritan who tried stopping driver gets run down and dragged to death, police say. His family shared this photo of Yon Chreng.

A Long Beach man who witnessed a truck driver hit a parked car tried to flag down the driver to stop, and the hit-run driver instead ran over the Good Samaritan and dragged him to his death, police said Saturday.

Any witnesses to the heinous incident are asked to please contact Long Beach Police Department detectives at the contacts at the end of this story.

The witness, Yon Chreng, 27, of Long Beach, died at the scene, said Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt. The driver, who has not been named, allegedly struck three more parked cars before bolting from a green Dodge pick-up truck abandoned at the scene. The location was the 1100 block of Stanley Avenue.

The full release by police:

On Saturday, March 24, 2012 at approximately 12:50 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to the 1100 block of Stanley Avenue in regards to a call that initially began as a hit and run incident, which police are now investigating as a murder.

Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives determined that a male adult driving a green Dodge pick-up truck was travelling northbound in the 1100 block of Stanley Avenue when he struck a parked vehicle.  A witness to the collision, identified as 27-year-old Yon Chreng of Long Beach, attempted to wave down the driver to keep him from fleeing.  At that time, detectives believe the driver aimed his vehicle at Victim Chreng, running him down and dragging him a short distance before striking three additional parked vehicles. The suspect then fled on foot, leaving the vehicle behind at the scene.

Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and determined the victim deceased at the scene.  Long Beach Police Accident Investigation detectives responded to the scene, and were later joined by Homicide detectives as the investigation progressed and additional details were learned. 

Information relating to the driver is not being released at this time and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes and David Rios at (562) 570-7244.  Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

Reezy Perkins March 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
THIS WAS SO SENSELESS...!!! AS TEARS ROLL DOWN MY FACE, I FEEL FOR THIS FAMILY.....THIS HIT TO CLOSE TO HOME, LOOSING MY LIL BROTHER TO A DRUNK DRIVER 6 YRS AGO.. THIS MAN DID NOT DESERVE TO BE TARGETED AND DRUGG BY A MAN WHO HAS NO INTENT TO PAY FOR HIS CRIME.. THIS PERSON WAS JUST DOING WHAT THEY FELT WAS RIGHT, HELPING OUT SOMEONE ELSE.. MY HEART HURTS FOR THIS FAMILY!!!!!! NO FAMILY SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS TYPE OF PAIN.. BECAUSE A UN-CAREING SENSELESS PERSON CHOOSE TO TAKE YOUR LOVED ONES LIFE. INSTEAD OF FACING THE CRIME THEY ALREADY COMMITTED...
John B. Greet March 25, 2012 at 11:24 PM
It is never wise to publicly advocate the murder of anyone, Harlowe, whether in jest or not.
Nary March 26, 2012 at 08:30 PM
:( The victim was my cousin... Thank you. Please, anyone, with any information on the man who committed this heartless crime is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department.
Nancy Wride (Editor) March 26, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Nary, if you have a photo of your cousin that you can share with us, please email me at nancy.wride@patch.com as I think it humanizes this tragedy even more, and will possibly spark some witness who has hesitated. Thank you--Nancy
Del Walters March 28, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Senseless, it's a dangerous and selfish world, no feeling for others. Please bring the driver to justice. Our love and prayers go out to the victims family. May God bring you comfort in this cold and confused world.
Steven Dowling Jr March 28, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I'm glad we have an awesome police department in Long Beach. The murderer will get justice soon enough.
Ronald K Ingersoll March 28, 2012 at 07:12 PM
We are sorry for the loss of this brave man. He exemplifies the spirit of justice and selflessness that brings honor to us all. We celebrate him as another local hero.
Nancy Wride (Editor) March 28, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Here is another photo of Yon Chreng from his family, who made a few more comments about him. http://patch.com/A-rW98
Kely Chreng March 31, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Thanks everyone! I hope they find the person who did this to my little brother.. Only 27 yrs old.. Please anyone wit info. Help my brother find justice..
Nancy Wride (Editor) March 31, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Here is the link to our other story about services with my favorite photos of Yon. http://patch.com/A-sdts
Wayne Miller April 01, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Kely, I'm so sorry. I wish there were words; there aren't. I offer you my prayers and love from Venice.

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