Authorities searching for a hit-and-run motorist responsible for the death of a pedestrian in Long Beach released security video Friday of a van believed to have been involved in the crash.

The investigation began about 7:50 p.m. Monday, when a Long Beach police officer on patrol in the 5900 block of North Paramount Boulevard located a man down in the street who appeared to have been hit by a vehicle, according to Lt. James Richardson of the Long Beach Police Department.

Elias Sanchez of Long Beach, 79, died at the scene, police said.

According to police, Sanchez was crossing South Street at Paramount Boulevard in a crosswalk with a green signal when a cargo van that was going westbound on South Street turned onto northbound Paramount Boulevard, striking him.

The vehicle was described as a 1994-2009 Ford E series, possibly an E350 4th generation Econoline cargo van.

“The cargo van … dragged the pedestrian approximately 900 feet northbound on Paramount Boulevard,” a police statement said. “The cargo van fled the scene making no attempt to stop, render aid or notify police or paramedics.

“A short time later, a second (motorist) did not see the pedestrian in the roadway, attempted to swerve, but could not avoid striking the pedestrian,” police said.

That motorist remained at the scene and was interviewed by police.

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

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