Police Monday sought the public’s help in identifying a driver who left the scene of a collision that killed a 60-year-old homeless man in Long Beach.
Officers who responded to a report of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 16th Street about 8:25 p.m. last Wednesday found the victim in the southbound lanes of Pacific Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
The victim, who died at a hospital the following day, was identified by the coroner’s office as Ricky Gonzalez, who was homeless.
Police said the pedestrian was in a marked crosswalk, headed east across Pacific Avenue, when he was struck by a southbound car, described as a silver, early 2000s Volkswagen Jetta.
The woman behind the wheel pulled over but left the scene before officers arrived. A physical description of the suspect was not made available, but police said she was wearing a blue tank top, black leggings and sandals.
Anyone with information was urged to call 562-570-7355 to speak with Detective Sirilo Garcia of the LBPD’s Collision Investigation Detail. Anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or lacrimestoppers.org.
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