An legal professional for the 22-year-old driver who plowed into legislation enforcement recruits final week in South Whittier stated the crash was a tragic accident that occurred after her shopper fell asleep on the wheel on his technique to work.
Nicholas Gutierrez swerved into legislation enforcement recruits who have been out on a coaching run at about 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 16.
Of the 75 recruits who have been jogging on the time of the crash, 25 have been injured by the wrong-way driver, 5 of them critically. Three of the opposite severely injured recruits stay in vital situation, whereas the others have been launched from the hospital.
The sheriff has stated that investigators imagine Gutierrez deliberately struck the recruits.
The 22-year-old’s legal professional declare it was not an intentional act, saying her shopper fell asleep whereas driving to work as an electrician putting in photo voltaic panels.
The legal professional additionally stated Gutierrez takes the identical route every single day and that he had no medicine or alcohol in his system.
“If in truth this was an accident and the prosecutors don’t cost this man with an intentional act, he’s nonetheless a reckless driving, inflicting nice bodily damage for every cadet that was gravely injured and for every of these counts, he could possibly be a most of three years in jail per rely,” KTLA authorized analyst Alison Triessl informed Mary Beth McDade.
Within the meantime, officers stated that recruit Alejandro Martinez is in grave situation within the hospital. Martinez suffered damaged legs, mind swelling and inside bleeding from the crash.
Triessl additionally stated that if any of the recruits die, Gutierrez may then face vehicular manslaughter both as a misdemeanor or a felony.
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