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UPDATED: Man Killed In Belmont Heights Accident

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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 6:00 am | Updated: 4:05 pm, Mon Oct 15, 2012.

A man identified as Alfonso Meraz was killed early Sunday morning in Belmont Heights when he was run over by a car.

The woman driving the car has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. Police identified her Monday afternoon as Sandra Silva. She has been released on $100,000 bail.

According to the Long Beach Police Department, officers were called to the 200 block of Termino Avenue by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics regarding a dead man down in the roadway. Investigation revealed he had been struck by a vehicle.

Officers determined that the man had been in an argument with a woman at the scene. When the woman tried to leave in a 2005 Mercedes E500, the car hit the man, who was in the street.

The victim was identified only as a 49-year-old resident of Long Beach. The woman is a 40-year-old Hacienda Heights resident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call Long Beach Police Accident Investigation Detail Detective Sirilo Garcia at 570-7355. Anonymous tips via text or web may be submitted by visiting

—Harry Saltzgaver