Driver charged in Whittier wrong-way crash that killed LASD recruit, injured 24 others

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Friday, November 10, 2023 2:16AM

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Charges have been filed against a wrong-way driver who plowed his SUV into a group of Los Angeles County sheriff’s recruits in Whittier last year, a crash that killed one recruit.

Nicholas Gutierrez, 23, was re-arrested and charged with one count of vehicular manslaughter and nine counts of reckless driving causing injuries, prosecutors said Thursday.

In November 2022, 25 law enforcement recruits were struck by an SUV during a training run in Whittier and suffered injuries ranging from minor to critical.

Eight months after the crash, one of the recruits injured, 27-year-old Alejandro Martinez, died from his injuries.

Wrong-way driver slams into group of law-enforcement recruits out jogging in Whittier

Whittier crash injures 25 law enforcement recruits; 5 in critical condition after being hitAuthorities said they were struck by a wrong-way driver during their early morning run. Five are currently in critical condition.

Gutierrez was initially arrested but was released with sheriff’s officials saying the complex case needed more extensive investigation.

The DA’s office didn’t share why charges are being brought on now.

If convicted of all charges, Gutierrez faces up 12 years in prison.

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