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Woman Fatally Struck, Man Critically Injured in Long Beach Hit-and-Run

Police in Long Beach are searching for the driver that fatally struck a woman, and critically injured a man, who were crossing an intersection late Tuesday.

Officers responded to the hit-and-run about 11:55 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Burnett Street.  The woman was found unresponsive, while the man was found lying in the intersection, police said Wednesday in a news release.

First responders transported the woman to a local hospital, but she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The 35-year-old man, who is a resident of Wilmington, remains hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

"The collision occurred when two pedestrians crossed Pacific Avenue in a marked crosswalk on the north side of the intersection," Long Beach police said in the news release. "The pedestrians were struck by a white, possibly four-door, unknown model vehicle that was driving southbound on Pacific Avenue at Burnett Street."

Witness Justin Kraut said he saw the pair fly 10 feet due to the impact of the crash, and the driver continued forward without braking.

Police said the vehicle fled the scene, and the driver did not stop to render any aid to the victims.

Residents in the area told KTLA the intersection is very dangerous and said something permanent needs to be put into place.

"It needs a light, it needs a stop sign, it need more reflectors, something to light up the street especially at night," Stephanie Johnson said.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department's Collision Investigation Detail Detective David Whelan at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tipsters can call 800-222-8477.

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