(RoyalPatriot.com )- After a fatal hit-and-run that occurred on Christmas Eve during an illegal street takeover, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is offering up to $50,000 for information that results in an arrest.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Detective Ryan Moreno said that a driver who was performing donuts in a race against other drivers during the street takeover in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles lost control and plowed into a crowd of onlookers, killing Elyzza Guajaca and injuring others. According to Moreno, two additional vehicles took part in the competition. According to a press release, the community is eligible to receive up to $50,000 for information that results in the arrest of the contest’s first driver, who reportedly fled the scene.
According to family members, Guajaca is 24 years old, Fox 11 reported. Others claimed that she went to nursing school, worked at the Los Angeles International Airport, and enjoyed going to car shows.
In a video taken during the takeover and tweeted by the LAPD on Wednesday, a brawl can be seen, with one person appearing to be kicked to the ground.
At the press conference, Moreno stated that traditionally, when someone crashes in one of these events, if you’re a car and you’re actively swinging and doing donuts, they basically beat them up.
He did, however, suggest that the person being beaten in the video may have been attacking the driver who had crashed and had to deal with reprisals.
According to Moreno, there are people in this culture, in some of these car clubs, who have essentially adopted a gang persona and a gang mentality. “Some of the men in these car clubs are essentially untouchable, as you might say. They are free to crash or do whatever they want, but you must not harm them,” he said.
At Wilmington Waterfront Park on Sunday, a fundraiser was held to support Guajaca’s family in covering her funeral costs. Various dishes and baked goods were provided by community members and sold at the event.