Police Update: Man Fatally Struck by Woman in the Shore

Long Beach police say an argument preceded her attempt to leave, and her Mercedes striking him at Termino and 2nd Street. She was arrested for DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

Updated 2:45 p.m. Monday with victim/arrested people's names.

An argument between a man and a woman in Belmont Heights ended with her trying to drive away and instead fatally striking him with her Mercedes,  the Long Beach Police Department announced.

The woman was arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter after the 1:30 a.m. incident Sunday in the 200 block of Termino Avenue, the police department said in a news release.

"Due to the ongoing investigation, at this time she is only being identified as a 40-year-old resident of Hacienda Heights," said the statement.

The victim also was not named, pending notification of his family, other than to say he is a Long Beach resident aged 49. The relationship of the pair--or lack of one-- was not disclosed.

On Monday afternoon, Long Beach Police Department identified the pair:

The deceased: Alfonso Meraz, and the suspect is Sandra Silva.

Lisa Massacani Police were called to the address by Long Beach Fire Department, which had arrived to a report of a man lying in the street of a residential area at 1:37 a.m. Paramedics had declared the victim dead and the victim of being hit by a car, police said. 

"The investigation revealed that prior to the call, a man and a woman were involved in a verbal altercation at the scene," the release by department spokeswoman Lisa Massacani reads. "The female attempted to leave the area in her vehicle, a 2005 Mercedes E500, and collided with the male subject who was [now] in the street."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Accident Investigation Detail Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips via text or web may be submitted by visiting www.tipsoft.com.


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