Long Beach man struck, killed after argument in street; hit-and-run suspect arrested

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A 40-year-old man who had argued with a motorist and was standing in the center median of a Long Beach street was struck and killed by a hit-and-run suspect, police said.

The victim was identified as Victor Salvador Herrera of Long Beach.

At about 11 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to Market Street and Orange Avenue regarding the collision, the Long Beach Police Department said.

Officers learned the victim had been walking in the area of Market Street and Orange Avenue, when he got into an argument with the male driver of a red sedan, police said in a statement.

The argument went on and as the victim stood in the median, the suspect ran him over and fled westbound on Market Street, police said. Herrera was transported to a hospital, where he died.

Shortly after the crash, officers said, in the area of Temple Avenue and Willow Street, they observed a driver who appeared to be intoxicated, and they tried to make a traffic stop. The car collided into a parked car at 10th Street and Obispo Avenue, police said, and the suspect was taken into custody.

Police determined it was the same vehicle that struck the man.

The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Sokhorn Hor of Long Beach. He has been booked on suspicion of murder and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $2 million bail.

Anyone with information is asked to call Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Robert Gonzales at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.