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Police search for hit-and-run driver who killed man in wheelchair

December 11, 2012 |  8:51 am

Approximate location of hit-and-run shown in black.

Long Beach police searched Tuesday for a driver who struck and killed a 55-year-old man in a wheelchair and then took off.

Robert Diaz, of Long Beach, was trying to cross Artesia Boulevard at Rose Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Sunday when he was hit by a silver four-door sedan traveling east on Artesia, police said.

The car appeared to be a Honda Accord, a Honda Civic or a Nissan Altima, and its front may have been damaged in the collision.

A witness saw the sedan's driver-– described as a dark-haired man in his 30s, about 6 feet tall and roughly 200 pounds-–pull over on nearby Gardenia Avenue and start walking toward the accident scene, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

The witness flagged down nearby officers. When they arrived where the sedan had been parked, the suspect and the vehicle were gone.

Diaz was taken to a hospital, where he died early Monday.

Anyone with information may call Long Beach police at (562) 570-7355 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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Map: Approximate location of hit-and-run shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.

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