Emilio Perez has been identified by authorities as the victim in an alleged hit-and-run pedestrian collision that took place on in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles on November 21; driver Vanessa Gutierrez, 35, turned herself on December 4 to face charges. Mr. Perez, a 34-year-old homeless man, was crossing the street in an unmarked crosswalk with a shopping cart at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Lake Street at roughly 10:45 p.m. Ms. Gutierrez allegedly was driving a rental Tesla that may not have been rented by her and speeding when she struck Mr. Perez. Authorities charge that she did not stop to help or contact authorities and left the scene in the rented auto. First responder took Mr. Perez to an area hospital but he died a few days later on November 25. Ms. Gutierrez has been charged with felony hit-and-run for the tragic incident. The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking witnesses to the alleged crime.

We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased during this very difficult time.

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