Elyzza Guajaca Death – According to authorities, an arrest has been made in relation to the death of a woman in her 20s who was fatally hit by a car last month while taking over a street in South Los Angeles. The arrest was confirmed to media by the Los Angeles Police Department, but no further information was provided. A Tuesday morning news conference is anticipated to reveal more details. According to the LAPD, the victim, Elyzza Guajaca, was standing with a group of individuals near the northeast corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Florence Avenue on December 25 just after 9 p.m. when a black Chevrolet Camaro struck her. She was taken to a hospital, where she succumbed to her wounds.
According to officials, the driver who caused the crash fled the scene. Six or seven additional victims were reportedly visible on tapes found in the days following the incident, according to LAPD police. The public was asked to assist investigators in locating them. The day after the street takeover, on December 28, LAPD officials published recordings that they had either found or had been submitted to them. In the video, people can be seen offering assistance to others who look to be hurt. Three at least appeared to be seriously injured. Louie, Guajaca’s brother, created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her burial costs.
“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 our family’s rock. She was simply a good, silly, humorous, and gregarious person. She loved all her close friends and family.” The president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, activist and author Earl Ofari Hutchinson, claimed to have seen portions of the deadly street takeover and urged Mayor Karen Bass and the City Council to issue a similar declaration to the one the mayor recently made regarding homelessness regarding these takeovers.
“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. “Community outrage and calls for more aggressive action have been aroused by it. Law enforcement and the general public will be given more authority to focus their time, effort, and resources on this lethal issue if there is a state of emergency.”
Since street takeovers have grown in popularity over the past few years, the LAPD has advocated for harsher punishments for those who engage in them. Around 200 people were present at the junction when Guajaca was slain, according to Detective Ryan Moreno. The South Traffic Division of the LAPD can be reached at (323) 421-2500 if you have any information on the case. On lacrimestoppers.org, tips may also be provided in anonymity.
PC: Fox 11 Los Angeles
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