Security guard killed in hit-and-run crash at Century Villages housing community, official says • Long Beach Post News
The victim was a security guard at the Century Villages, which is a supportive housing complex aimed at helping homeless veterans, according to a statement from Executive Director Steve Colman.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event, and we are cooperating fully with the Long Beach Police Department in their efforts to identify the driver,” Colman said.
The crash happened around 3:09 p.m. today, and when officers got to the 2000 block of San Gabriel Avenue, Long Beach Fire Department medics were already attending to a man who’d been struck by a gray SUV, LBPD spokesman Richard Mejia said.
The crash also did serious damage to a guard shack at the entrance of Century Villages, according to Rich Charley, a man at the scene who provided photos of the aftermath. The pictures also show the SUV with major front-end damage.
Mejia said police believe the SUV was headed southbound on San Gabriel Avenue when it hit the victim, who died at the scene.
The driver “fled the scene on foot immediately after the traffic collision,” Mejia said.
Police had the area shut down to traffic while detectives were investigating.
“Our primary concern is the wellbeing of our community, and in the wake of this incident, our residential services teams are providing immediate support for our community members impacted by this loss,” Colman said in his statement on the Century Villages website. “This is as much information as we can provide at this time.”
Editor’s note: This story was updated with a statement from the Century Villages executive director.