Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
7/9/2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 2016
Subject:
TRAFFIC FATALITY
Contact:
Media Relations Detail
(562) 570-5273






Revised (7/11/2016):
On Saturday, July 9, 2016, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to the 400 block of East Market Street regarding an injury hit and run traffic collision, involving a vehicle and a bicyclist.

Arriving officers discovered a bicycle with major damage and a female lying unconscious in the eastbound lanes of Market Street. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

The preliminary investigation determined a female adult was riding her bicycle eastbound Market Street in the center median. Her male friend was riding on the north side of the street, eastbound Market Street. The female bicyclist was struck in the rear by a white Kia, which was traveling at a high rate of speed and illegally passing on the left. The vehicle, with four occupants, never stopped and continued traveling eastbound Market Street at a high rate of speed.

The Kia was later found abandoned in a parking lot in the 5300 block of Atlantic Avenue. The vehicle had major front-end damage and a smashed windshield. Further investigation revealed the suspect vehicle, a 2013 Kia Optima, was reported stolen in a carjacking in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Pine Avenue, in Long Beach, on July 8, 2016.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Collision Investigations Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-5520. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Original News Release:
On July 9, 2016 at approximately 1:20 A.M., Long Beach Police Officers responded to an injury hit and run traffic accident in the 400 block of East Market Street involving a vehicle and a bicyclist.

When officers arrived they discovered a bicycle with major damage and a female lying unconscious in the eastbound lanes of Market Street. Long Beach Paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

The preliminary investigation determined that the female victim was riding her bicycle westbound Market Street in the center median, along with her male friend, who was riding eastbound Market Street on the north side of the street. The female victim bicyclist was struck in the rear by a White Kia, that was traveling at a high rate of speed, that was illegally passing a vehicle on the left in the center median. The White Kia never stopped and was last seen traveling eastbound Market Street at a high rate of speed, with four occupants.

The vehicle was later found abandoned in a parking lot, in the 5300 block of Atlantic Avenue, with major front end damage and a smashed windshield. The suspect vehicle was a 2013 Kia Optima that was a reported stolen vehicle, taken in a carjacking in the City of Long Beach on July 8, 2016, in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Pine Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Collision Investigations Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-5520. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by visiting http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/