Hit and Run Collision Results in Fatality; Additional Witnesses Sought

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fatal hit and runOn Sunday, December 9, 2012, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to an injury hit and run collision in the area of Artesia Boulevard and Rose Avenue, which resulted in the death of a male adult in a wheelchair several hours later.

When officers arrived, they learned that the victim, identified as 55-year-old Robert Diaz of Long Beach, had been attempting to cross Artesia Boulevard at Rose Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Artesia Boulevard.

Victim Diaz was transported to a local hospital by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics and initially listed in serious but stable condition. Today, December 10, 2012, the Long Beach Police Department was notified that he had been pronounced deceased.

After the collision, a witness saw the suspect vehicle stop on Gardenia Avenue south of Artesia Boulevard, and get out of the car. When the witness directed officers to that location, both the suspect and vehicle were gone. The suspect vehicle is described as a silver 4-door sedan and the suspect is described as a male Hispanic in his 30’s, 6’ tall, 190 to 200 pounds with black hair, and was wearing a white shirt and jeans.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision who has not spoken with police, or anyone with information regarding the suspect or suspect vehicle is urged to call Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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