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Monday, April 29, 2013

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Fatal Traffic Collision in Newton Area NR13142cn

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division (CTD) detectives are hoping for more information about a fatal traffic accident.

On April 28, 2013, around 8:50 p.m. 18-year-old Israel Gutierrez of Los Angeles was driving his 1996 Honda Prelude southbound on Compton Avenue in lane number one when he collided with 54-year-old Francisco Lopez crossing eastbound 57th Street at Compton Avenue outside of the crosswalk.  Lopez was taken to local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Gutierrez was a license driver and he was not under the influence of an alcohol beverage.  However, according to a witness he was driving at a high rate of speed; therefore he was booked for 192(1) P.C., Felony Gross Vehicular Manslaughter.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Central Traffic Detectives, Detective Josephine Mapson or Detective Felix Padilla at 213-972-1851.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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