Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A pedestrian who may have bent on suicide was struck and killed early Monday in Long Beach by a car whose driver failed to stop and was being sought, police said.

Officers were sent to Seventh Street and Loma Avenue at 1:15 a.m after receiving a call of a possible attempted suicide.

“The call indicated a male subject was jumping in front of traffic, in an attempt to be hit, and eventually (lay) down in the roadway,” according to a police statement. “A moment later, officers were notified that the individual was struck by a vehicle and the vehicle fled the scene.”

William Mendoza, 27, of Buena Park was unconscious when officers arrived and died at the scene, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

The pedestrian was in the roadway, outside of a crosswalk, when he was struck by a white four-door sedan, believed to be a 2006 to 2010 model Chrysler 300, police said. description was available of the motorist.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Detective Steve Fox at (562) 570-7355, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

— Wire reports 

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