Both AAA and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) hit and run collisions and fatalities have increased by more than 7 percent each year. Of those who are killed in hit and run crashes, 65% are pedestrians. This data means that a hit and run collision in which someone is injured or killed happens somewhere in the U.S. every 43 seconds.
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Patch.com reported on its website last week that such a hit and run crash involving a pedestrian happened in Long Beach on the evening of Wednesday, January 15th.
A spokesperson from the Long Beach Police Department said that officers were called to the scene at the intersection of Atlantic and Third Avenues at approximately 8:40 p.m. There they found a young woman in her 20’s who was lying in the street.
Paramedics with the Long Beach Fire Department treated the woman at the scene of the crash. She was later transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. On the morning of Thursday, January 16th, she was listed as being in critical condition.
Authorities have not released her identity.
Eyewitnesses to the crash described the suspect vehicle as being a four-door Honda, dark blue, or black in color. Authorities say that those who witnessed the crash were unsure of the model or year of the car.
Traffic in the area was diverted for a little more than an hour while the accident scene was investigated.
Anyone with any information regarding the crash is being encouraged to contact the Long Beach Police Department.