A search was continuing Tuesday for a hit-and-run driver who struck and fatally injured a 22-year-old Cal State Long Beach student.
Police dispatched at 1:30 a.m. Sunday to the 5500 block of East Second Street in Naples found Alena Rey Gretencord down in the street, said Officer Ben Hearst of the Long Beach Police Department.
According to a police statement, the Anaheim resident was walking on the center median of Second Street, near Tivoli Drive, when she fell into the number one lane of eastbound Second Street and was hit by a pickup truck that “was seen stopping before continuing eastbound, colliding with the victim and fleeing the scene.”
Paramedics rushed Gretencord to an area hospital, where she was died shortly before 3 a.m., according to the county coroner’s office.
The suspect’s vehicle was described as a white work truck, possibly a Ford F-150, with a silver tool box in the bed and an emblem on the driver’s side.
Police did not release a physical description of the motorist.
Gretencord’s father told the Long Beach Post that his daughter was studying industrial design at Cal State Long Beach. He visited the campus Monday to collect some of her things and talk with her instructors.
“They’re just saying she was a leader around here,” he said. “She wasn’t just a student. She led people. She showed them how to get to the next step.”
Classmate Jillian White told the Post that Gretencord “was the center of a room, and we loved her dearly.”
“Our design program is small and many of us become friends and work on projects together,” White said. “She was a class above me and a mentor to me, and many other people. She was incredibly talented and humble.”
Long Beach police asked anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run to call them at (562) 570-7358.