Hit-and-run driver sought after fatally striking woman in Long Beach on Thanksgiving

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Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a woman as she was crossing a street in Long Beach on Thanksgiving.

An officer was flagged down about 9:30 p.m. and told the victim was struck while crossing Pacific Avenue north of Pacific Coast Highway, the Long Beach Police Department stated in a news release.

The victim, later identified by police as 30-year-old Erica Cardenas of Long Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators determined a car traveling southbound at a high rate of speed on Pacific Avenue struck Cardenas in an unmarked crosswalk.

The vehicle was described as a dark-colored sedan with major front end damage.

The driver did not stop the vehicle after the crash and is still outstanding, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department at 562-570-7355. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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