Photo by John Schreiber.

A man on a skateboard was critically injured Tuesday afternoon in a hit-and-run collision in Long Beach and police later identified an 86-year-old woman as the suspected driver.

Officers were dispatched about 1:45 p.m. to the intersection of Bellflower Boulevard and 27th Street, where they found the victim down in the roadway, according to Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt.

The victim, whose name was not released, was in critical condition when taken to a hospital, Pratt said.

“Based on the preliminary investigation, it was determined the pedestrian was riding a skateboard and attempting to cross eastbound Bellflower Boulevard at 27th Street when he was struck by a vehicle that fled southbound on Bellflower Boulevard,” Pratt said.

Police later reported that an 86-year-old Lakewood woman had been identified as the suspected hit-and-run driver.

The woman’s name was not released and she was not immediately arrested, but the vehicle she was allegedly driving was impounded, police said.

Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding the collision was urged to call Collision Investigation Detective Steve Fox at (562) 570-7110. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at

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