A woman was struck by a pickup truck and killed near a bus stop Monday night, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
On Feb. 5, at approximately 6:40pm, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and 19th Street regarding a vehicle-versus-pedestrian injury traffic collision. Upon arrival, officers located a female pedestrian who had sustained major body trauma, lying in a driveway in the 1900 block of Santa Fe Avenue. Long Beach Fire Department responded and transported her to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased.
The preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian, later identified as 52-year-old Rita Felix of Long Beach, had been waiting near the bus stop on Santa Fe Avenue when she stepped out into the roadway, possibly to check for an oncoming bus. At the moment she stepped out into the street, a pickup truck made a right turn onto Santa Fe Avenue from westbound 19th Street and struck the pedestrian. The driver of the truck fled the scene, police said.
The vehicle was last seen eastbound on Summit Street and then southbound on Harbor Avenue. It was described as an older model lifted Ford F150, possibly silver or gray in color.
Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact LBPD Collision Investigations Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 TIPS” app to a smart phone or visiting LACrimeStoppers.org.