Vigil Planned at Scene of Fatal HitRun of Bicyclist; Suspect Sought


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A candlelight vigil was planned for tonight at the scene where a man was fatally injured in a hit-and-run as he and his two children were riding bicycles in the south Los Angeles area.

Jorge Guerra, 37, was injured about 8:40 p.m. July 8 on Wadsworth Avenue north of 88th Street, and died on July 16 at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and the coroner's office.

“Mr. Jorge Guerra and his two young children were riding their bicycles northbound on Wadsworth Avenue north of 88th Street (when) a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed struck them from behind causing Jorge to sustain life-threatening injuries,'' an LAPD statement said. “The children were not seriously hurt.''

The man driving the 1997 Honda Accord kept going, and the car crashed into three parked vehicles near Manchester Boulevard, where the suspect got out and ran, police said.

“He was followed by citizens but was able to evade capture,'' police said.

No description was released of the suspect. A candlelight vigil was planned by police and family members at the crime scene Friday at 5 p.m.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Detective Mike Flannery or Officer Gerald Chavarria of the South Traffic Division at 323-421-2500; the South Traffic Division watch commander at 323-421-2577; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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