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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Media Relations

Candlelight Vigil for Victim of a Fatal Hit-and-Run Traffic Collision NA20036jc

WHAT: Press conference / candlelight vigil (unveiling of Ghost Bike memorial)

WHEN: Friday, July 24, 2020
5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Wadsworth Avenue north of 88th Street (Crime Location)

WHO: James Westbrooks, Director of Operations, Council District 9, City of Los Angeles
LAPD Captain Jonathan Pinto, Commanding Officer, South Traffic Division
LAPD Detective III Karen Jones, Commanding Officer, South Traffic Division Detective Section
LAPD Detective II Mike Flannery, South Traffic Division, CIFU
LAPD Police Officer II, Gerald Chavarria, South Traffic Division, CIFU
Representative from StreetsAreForEveryone.org
Family Members of Jorge Guerra

WHY: On July 8, 2020, at 8:40 p.m., Mr. Jorge Guerra and his two young children were riding their bicycles northbound on Wadsworth Avenue north of 88th Street. A vehicle driving at a high rate of speed struck them from behind causing Jorge to sustain life-threatening injuries. The children were not seriously hurt. The vehicle fled the scene northbound on Wadsworth Avenue, collided with three parked vehicles, and came to rest south of Manchester Boulevard. The suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot. He was followed by citizens but was able to evade capture. The suspect's vehicle (a 1997 Honda Accord) was taken into custody. South Traffic Division Detectives have been actively investigating and continue to follow-up on leads to apprehend the driver. On July 16, 2020, Mr. Guerra succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

CONTACT: For additional information, please contact Detective Mike Flannery or Officer Gerald Chavarria, South Traffic Division at (323) 421-2500. After hours, call South Traffic Division Watch Commander at (323) 421-2577. You may also submit an anonymous tip through lacrimestoppers.org



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