Police Searching for Hit-and-run Suspect After Man Dragged and Killed
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2019) – Police are searching for a suspected hit-and-run driver who struck a man and dragged his body down the street as they fled the scene of a crash in the 5900 block of North Paramount Boulevard.
UPDATE: Elias Sanchez, of Long Beach, 79, ID’d as pedestrian killed in crash.
The collision was reported at 7:50 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7th. Police located the victim in the street who showed signs of being struck by a vehicle, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
Police say Sanchez was crossing South Street at Paramount Boulevard in a crosswalk with a green traffic signal. As he was in the roadway, a white older-model cargo van traveling westbound on South Street struck Sanchez as the vehicle turned onto northbound Paramount Boulevard. The van dragged the victim about 900 feet as the driver failed to stop to help the victim or call for help.
A second motorist failed to see the pedestrian in the roadway. The driver tried to swerve and avoid hitting Sanchez, but was unable to. The driver stopped and police and paramedics were called to the scene.
Upon their arrival to the scene, paramedics with the Long Beach Fire Department pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Investigators are hoping there is security video of the incident and will hopefully release more details about the suspect.
The hit-and-run vehicle has been described as a vehicle was described as a white 1994-2009 Ford E series, possibly an E350 4th generation Econoline cargo van with a ladder on the rear doors similar to one seen at the rear of recreation vehicles, police said. It also had green writing on the back.
Witnesses are urged to call (562) 570-7355, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
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