On Friday, February 13, 2015, at approximately 9:48 P.M., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to Santa Fe Avenue and Lincoln Street regarding a hit-and-run traffic collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian in a wheelchair.
Upon arrival, officers located a male adult pedestrian north of the intersection suffering from trauma to the head and body. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition.
The preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian, identified as 55-year-old Jose Guevarra, was in his wheelchair crossing eastbound on Santa Fe Avenue at Lincoln Street in an unmarked crosswalk. The suspect vehicle was traveling northbound on Santa Fe Avenue when it failed to yield to the pedestrian and collided with him.
Mr. Guevara was thrown from his wheelchair and came to rest in the street north of the intersection. The suspect vehicle fled from the collision northbound on Santa Fe Avenue towards Wardlow Road, dragging the wheelchair.
Upon reaching Wardlow Road, the suspect vehicle turned eastbound on Wardlow Road where the wheelchair dislodged from the vehicle. The suspect vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on Wardlow Road.
The suspect vehicle was described as a green sedan, possibly a BMW.
On Sunday, February 15, 2015, at approximately 3:18 P.M., Mr. Guevarra succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail, Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org