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Long Beach Pedestrian Killed by Hit-Run Driver

UPDATE: The victim was crossing Pacific Coast Highway outside of a cross-walk. The suspected driver may have been arrested Sunday afternoon, his neighbor told Patch.

Updated at 5:00 p.m. with report of arrest of suspected driver.

A 37-year-old man crossing Pacific Coast Highway early Sunday was struck and killed by a 1997 Geo Prism and Long Beach police are searching for the hit-run driver.

The pedestrian, Adolfo Lopez-Perez of Long Beach, was walking across southbound PCH west of Junipero Avenue when he was hit by the car, traveling eastbound on PCH, said an emailed press release from Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt.

Long Beach Fire Department paramedics declared the pedestrian dead at the scene.

"Officers subsequently located the abandoned Geo in the area of Temple Avenue and 17th Street, and impounded it pending further investigation.  The suspect remains outstanding and no other suspect information is available at this time," the press release stated.

A man called Patch Sunday afternoon and reported that his neighbor "Robert, a.k.a P.J., was arrested as the --- who hit the pedestrian," the caller said. Pratt was checking with a detective on the report of the arrest.  

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES, or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

 

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