LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Police in Long Beach have announced the arrest of a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that left the victim in critical condition.
Detectives arrested Edward Peterson, 83, of Long Beach about 11 a.m. Thursday at his home.
Peterson was booked into the Long Beach Jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. His bail was set at $50,000.
Police said that they recovered a vehicle at the location that is registered to Peterson. The car was impounded as evidence.
Detectives said they located Peterson on a tip from the public.
The victim has been identified as Maria Mendoza, 59, a Compton grandmother and mother of five. On Tuesday, her daughter Isabelle, told KCAL9’s Elsa Ramon her mom’s heart could stop at any minute.
The Long Beach Police Department wanted to thank the media for getting the word out about the hit-and-run and the public for responding.
Detectives said Peterson ran a red light, hit the victim and fled without stopping or rendering aid. The accident occurred about 6:15 p.m. Saturday.
Mendoza was coming home from work at the time of the accident.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing, officials said.