Long Beach police have released a photo of a sedan that reportedly struck a pedestrian and whose driver left her knocked out in the street July 16 in the Belmont Heights area. Detectives are seeking the public's help in finding the hit-run driver who failed to stop, as required by law.
"Since the evening of the accident, investigators have obtained an image of the suspect vehicle from a surveillance camera in the area," Lisa Massacani, a police department spokeswoman, said in a press statement. "The image shows the suspect vehicle leaving the scene, and it is possibly a 4-door Lexus or Toyota, and possibly silver in color.
She added that "Investigators are releasing this photo of the suspect vehicle and asking the public’s help in locating it and it’s owner, as well as asking anyone who may have witnessed this."
The 24-year-old victim is a Long Beach resident was originally critically injured but police Monday said her condition has improved. She has not been identified nor specifics released about the nature of her injuries.
That Saturday at about 1:50 a.m. Long Beach Police Department officers were called to a report of a hit-and-run collision in the 3600 block of Broadway, which is right near Loma and two blocks East of Redondo Avenue, and found the victim beneath a parked car.
The compact vehicle is said to have been traveling westbound on Broadway and continued on its path after the collision, traveling a short distance before its last reported appearance turning northbound on Loma Avenue.
Paramedics moved the victim to a local hospital.
Individuals with any information on the case are encouraged to come forward and may provide their contact information. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can submit tips through text or by visiting the Long Beach Police Department website at www.longbeach.gov/police.
Those with information are asked to contact the Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Richard Birdsall by phone at (562) 570-7355.