On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 37-year-old Jorge Guerra was riding his bicycle with his two young children, two-year-old Nathan, and four-year-old Madelyn. At around 8:30 PM, a speeding driver suddenly turned the corner and slammed into the bike that Jorge was riding. Jorge was thrown from his bike and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Fortunately, Jorge's two children survived the collision with only minor injuries. The individual who hit them sped away from the scene, abandoned the vehicle, and has not been found. Despite the best efforts of doctors at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Jorge passed away on July 16th. The collision occurred on Wadsworth Avenue and E. 88th Street.
"My husband was a good and caring father. Somebody out there must know something about who did this to my wonderful partner. Please, for his two young children and me, help us find who hit him" -- Bertha Diaz (widow of Jorge Guerra)
Jorge was a hard-working man and the sole provider for his family, who always put his family's needs first. He was a loving and caring father who did everything to put smiles on his kids' faces. Every day after work, Jorge would ride his bike with his family to the local park and spend time outdoors.
This is the second hit-and-run bicycle fatality in South Los Angeles during the last few weeks. The death comes amid a spike in traffic collisions during COVID-19, resulting in more severe injuries and fatalities.
There is a GoFundMe set up to help his widow, Bertha Diaz, with funeral costs and living expenses during this difficult time. https://gf.me/u/yg7pkd
Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) is helping to support the family of Jorge Guerra. We join forces with LAPD to call on people across the City of Los Angeles to please drive responsibly, watch for pedestrians and cyclists, and watch their speed, especially during this time of COVID-19.
"The people of Los Angeles are in 'tragedy overload.' We need good news, not another life needlessly lost during COVID-19 because someone couldn't drive responsibly." --- Damian Kevitt, Executive Director of Streets Are For Everyone.
There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who hit and killed Jorge. Anyone with information on the person who might have hit and killed Jorge, please contact the LAPD South Traffic Detectives working on this case, Detective Michael Flannery or Officer Gerald Chavarria, at (323) 421-2500.
Anyone with information and who wishes to remain anonymous should contact the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org