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Long Beach hit-run turns to murder investigation

A Dodge pickup truck is shown being pulled onto a tow truck. The car was involved in a hit-and-run case, which police are investigating now as a murder.

March 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The death of a Long Beach man initially thought to be a hit-and-run incident is now being investigated as a murder.

Authorities said the driver of a dark-colored Dodge pickup truck lost control in the 1100 block of Stanley Avenue and rammed into several parked cars at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Detectives said a witness to the collision, identified as 27-year-old Yon Chreng of Long Beach, tried to wave down the car to keep the driver from fleeing. Detectives said they believe the driver aimed his truck at Chreng, ran him over, dragged him a short distance, then struck three additional parked cars.

Police said Chreng was standing between two of the parked cars and was pinned beneath the vehicles after being struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Long Beach resident Frankie Watson said she was asleep when she heard a loud crash outside of her home. When she looked outside, she saw the truck's wheels spinning.

"He was still burning rubber, trying to get away or something," Watson described.

The driver of the truck eventually got out of his car and fled the location on foot.

If you have information that can help investigators, call the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 570-7355.

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