A 22-year-old Santa Ana woman has been arrested a month after she fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Belen Guadalupe was arrested after investigators tracked her down from a tip they got from the public.
They found her blue Honda Accord linked to the Nov. 29 crash that killed 35-year-old Jorge Lopez-Lobato.
Officials say Lopez-Lobato was crossing First Street at the 1200 block when he was struck.
Sicairos sped up and fled west on First Street and then
down on Bristol Street. The driver’s side mirror and a part of the front bumper were found at the scene of the crash.
Tip Leads to Arrest
Last week, a tipster’s lead led officials to the suspect vehicle in a Bloomington body shop. They found that the damage on the vehicle was consistent with the collision and that the vehicle was missing parts that were located at the scene of the crash. Investigators then contacted the vehicle’s owner and arrested her on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.
According to court records, Guadalupe had multiple traffic violations since 2013 including one in 2014 when she pleaded guilty for failing to stop at a stop sign.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of Jorge Lopez-Lobato for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Eradicating an Epidemic
This is an example of how valuable a tip from a community member can be in a hit-and-run case. For many years now, the Newport Beach personal injury law firm of Bisnar Chase has had a Hit-and-Run Reward program where we offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and felony conviction of a hit-and-run driver.
This has been a remarkable partnership with the community and law enforcement to help put hit-and-run drivers on notice and help officials apprehend these drivers and bring them to justice.
It also proves that this is a community effort. If we desire to eradicate this epidemic in Southern California, it is going to take more than the police or a few Good Samaritans. We all need to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the authorities.
When more hit-and-run cases are solved, drivers will think before they make that inhumane and irresponsible move to flee the scene of an injury or fatal crash. We’re all in this fight together.