Police Investigate Saturday Morning Traffic Fatality

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fatal hit and runOn Saturday January 5, 2013, at approximately 5:40 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to the intersection of Palo Verde Avenue and Belen Street regarding a traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious elderly female pedestrian who had sustained serious injuries. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported the female to local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Chevy Tahoe was traveling southbound on Palo Verde Avenue approaching Belen Street when it struck the woman who was attempting to cross westbound Palo Verde Avenue at Belen Street, at the north end of the intersection. The north end of the intersection is posted no crossing allowed, and directs pedestrians to cross at the south end of the intersection’s crosswalk. The driver of the Tahoe, a 31- year-old Long Beach resident, remained at the scene and was interviewed by officers and released.

The pedestrian, who appeared to be in her 70’s or 80’s, had no identification on her and is listed as Jane Doe at this time pending further investigation by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone who may information on this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Accident Investigations Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips can 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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