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Long Beach Collision Investigation Detectives arrest suspect in July 6, 2021 fatal hit and run traffic collision

Collision Investigation Detectives conducted a thorough investigation and identified Deborah Lisa Betance, a 55-year-old resident of Long Beach, as the driver responsible for the fatal hit-and-run traffic collision that resulted in the death of Jere Whitney.

On May 27, 2022, detectives presented the case against Betance to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, who issued an arrest warrant. On July 13, 2022, detectives arrested Betance, who was booked into the Long Beach City Jail for one count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. Her bail was set at $50,000.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact L.B.P.D Collision Investigation Detective Kevin Matter or Detective Shawn Loughlin at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips may be submitted through LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 TIPS” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or by visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

This article was released by the Long Beach Police Department.