Family of Pinoy killed in hit and run still await suspect

LONG BEACH – While the body of Jose Joey Guevarra was laid to rest this past week, his family remains restless.

The wheel chair bound Guevarra was killed in an apparent hit and run accident.

“It’s hard to find closure when you have so many questions in your mind that are unanswered and the suspect is still out there. It’s like there’s no justice for his death. That’s why where so emotionally devastated by it,” explained Guevarra’s niece Christine Flandez.

The 55-year-old bought a soda at a Long Beach gas station. He was almost at the sidewalk as he was crossed the street at Santa Fe and Lincoln shortly before 10pm on February 13. That’s when a car struck him.

The vehicle dragged Guevarra’s wheel chair for a couple blocks before it dislodged.

Witnesses believe the car was a dark green sedan, possibly a BMW.

“My brother did not deserve this. The way you left him after you hit him whoever you are you left him lifeless. But our faith will stand next to us. Somehow we’ll find the person who did this somehow,” pleaded Guevarra’s sister Jennifer.

The Angeles City, Pampanga-born Guevarra used to work as a medical transport driver. After a hip surgery and diabetes diagnosis, he began using a wheel chair about three years ago.

Despite the wheelchair, relatives say his positive attitude couldn’t be slowed down.

Anyone with information of the incident is being asked to call the Long Beach Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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  • Generoso Magaoay
    13 March 2015 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Many drivers involved in traffic accident (vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to object, vehicle-to-pedestrian, etc.), takes off for a variety of reasons such as being illegal, no driver’s license, no insurance, no registration, stolen vehicle, etc. Many cities are still suffering from budget cuts and that it affected police traffic camera monitoring.