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Elyzza Guajaca tragically killed in street takeover, police offering reward for hit-and-run driver

Elyzza Guajaca killed in street takeover

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 28, 2022) – A $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who fatally struck a 24-year-old nursing student while doing “doughnuts” during a street takeover in South Los Angeles was announced today by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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The woman, identified by relatives as Elyzza Guajaca, was struck at 9:07 p.m. Sunday by a black Chevrolet Camaro while standing with a group of people at the northeast corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Florence Avenue, police said.

Paramedics took her to a hospital, where she died from her injuries.

The driver left the vehicle at the crash scene and fled on foot, police said.

South Traffic detectives identified six or seven additional victims on videos obtained over the past few days and are seeking the public’s help in identifying them, police said. At least three appeared to be critically injured.

Guajaca’s brother, Louie, set up a GoFundMe page online to help raise money for her funeral expenses.

“My sister was an aunty to my beautiful girls who loved her so much,” Louie Guajaca said in the appeal. “She was a beautiful sister who loved big. She was a daughter who always wanted to be with family around and have family time. She was the rock to our family. She was just a good, goofy, funny, outgoing person. She loved all her close friends and family.”

The page had raised $19,270 as of Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson said he witnessed part of the deadly street takeover Sunday night and called on Mayor Karen Bass and the City Council to declare a state of emergency on such takeovers, similar to the declaration recently issued by the mayor on homelessness.

“Street takeovers present — as witnessed by the death at Florence and Crenshaw and numerous injuries to life and damage to property at other takeover sites in the city — a grave problem for city officials,” Hutchinson said in a statement.

“It has sparked community outrage and demand for stepped up action. A state of emergency will further empower law enforcement and citizens to concentrate time, energy and resources on this deadly problem.”

Anyone with any information on Sunday night’s crash was urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Tipsters may also visit and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.

[via CNS]

Investigating Elyzza Guajaca’s Street Takeover Death

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of Elyzza Guajaca. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

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