Hit-and-run driver sought after security guard fatally struck at Long Beach housing complex

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Authorities are searching for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a security guard at the gate to a housing complex in Long Beach on Saturday, officials said.

The crash occurred just after 3 p.m. near the entrance to the Century Villages at Cabrillo housing community on the 2000 block of San Gabriel Avenue, the Long Beach Police Department reported.

The victim has been identified by the L.A. County Coroner’s Office as 54-year-old Derrick Smith of South Los Angeles. Smith was a security guard at Century Villages, which is a housing community aimed at helping abused women and veterans, according to police and witnesses at the scene.

A growing memorial has been set up outside the gates of the community where Smith was a security guard.

Police said a vehicle, described as a gray 2012 Chevy Tahoe, was driving at a high rate of speed when it lost control and struck the security guard shack, killing the man inside.

The driver of the SUV then fled on foot and is still at large, officials said.

Investigators later found out that the truck was stolen.

No suspect description was available, and police are canvassing the area for witnesses and information.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Kelsey Myers or Detective Shawn Loughlin at 562-570-7355.

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