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A woman died early Saturday morning in a hit-and-run traffic collision near the 400 block of East Market Street, officials said. She was struck by a carjacked vehicle while riding a bicycle.

Police officers responded to the collision between a vehicle and a bicyclist at about 1:20 a.m. on July 9, a release from the Long Beach Police Department said.

Upson arrival, officers found a bicycle with major damage and a woman lying unconscious on the eastbound lanes of Market Street. Long Beach paramedics responded and took her to a local hospital, where she was pronounce dead.

Preliminary investigations determined the woman was biking eastbound on Market Street in the center median with a man, who was her friend. However, he was riding on the north side of the street.

The woman was struck in the rear by a speeding, white 2013 Kia Optima — illegally passing another car on the left by traveling in the center median. The Kia didn’t stop and was last seen speeding eastbound on Market Street. The vehicle reportedly had four occupants.

The Kia later was found abandoned in a parking lot in the 5300 block of Atlantic Avenue, with major front-end damage and a smashed windshield. The Kia reportedly was a stolen vehicle, taken on July 8 near Pacific Coast Highway and Pine Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can call Long Beach collision investigations detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-5520. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus tip to CRIMES (274637) or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

—Emily Thornton

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Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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