LONG BEACH - A 24-year-old woman was killed by a car following an altercation at a downtown bar and restaurant early Wednesday morning, family and friends said.
Police didn't release details about the victim, but family members identified her as Serena Medina, 24, of Long Beach. She has a 4-year-old daughter, said her father, Miguel Peralta.
Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Marlene Arrona said that at 1:45 a.m. officers were called to Third Street and Pine Avenue for a "vehicle versus passenger" incident.
Witnesses observed a group involved in an altercation, Arrona said. Family members of the victim said it started at Taco Beach, 211 Pine Ave. It is unclear who was fighting, but a crowd ultimately spilled out onto the street, they said.
Peralta said two men got into a car and reversed the vehicle, hitting Medina.
Arrona confirmed that a woman and another person were struck by a vehicle. Both victims were taken to a local hospital, where the female victim died, Arrona said.
The spokeswoman didn't provide information about the other victim. The vehicle had fled the scene by the time the police arrived, and the investigation is ongoing, Arrona said.
"I hope they find these guys," said Peralta, who was visibly upset at the scene.
Other friends and family were also there seeking answers about Medina's death.
"I just talked to her yesterday," said friend Cassandra Medina. "She sounded so happy when I talked to her.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call LBPD at 562-435-6711.