A man who was pushing a disabled vehicle was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver Wednesday on a Long Beach street, and police later arrested the suspected driver.

The crash occurred at about 3:45 a.m. on Artesia Boulevard at Butler Avenue near the Long Beach (710) Freeway overpass, according to Brandon Fahey, a spokesman with the Long Beach Police Department.

Police identified the victim as Darnell Bluitt, 54, of Compton.

A preliminary investigation revealed that two men were pushing a disabled 1993 Acura sedan westbound on Artesia Boulevard with the help of a 43-year-old Compton woman who was steering the vehicle, police said.

A 2010 GMC truck struck them from behind, fatally injuring one of the men and injuring the woman who was steering. The driver of the GMC fled in the vehicle to a nearby neighborhood.

Officers located the truck and arrested a suspect, identified as 57-year-old Patrick Mount of Long Beach, police said. He was booked for suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter with bail set at $100,000.

The injured woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries and she had stable vital signs, police said.

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