A 26-year-old suspected hit-and-run driver is behind bars Thursday for allegedly hitting a 37-year-old father who was riding a bicycle with his children in South Los Angeles.
Moises Iscaya, of Los Angeles, was identified on Oct. 6 as the hit-and-run driver, police said. According to sheriff’s department records, he has been behind bars since Oct. 4, and police say he is facing multiple charges, including murder. He is being held on $2.2 million bail, sheriff’s department records show.
Jorge Guerra was injured in the collision at 8:40 p.m. July 8 on Wadsworth Avenue north of 88th Street, and died July 16 at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and the coroner’s office.
“Mr. Jorge Guerra and his two young children were riding their bicycles northbound on Wadsworth Avenue north of 88th Street (when) a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed struck them from behind causing Jorge to sustain life-threatening injuries,” an LAPD statement said.
“The children were not seriously hurt.”
Iscaya was driving a 1997 Honda Accord and kept going until he crashed into three parked vehicles near Manchester Boulevard, where he allegedly got out and ran, police said.
“He was followed by citizens but was able to evade capture,” police said.
At a vigil in July near the crash scene, a white “ghost bike” was placed there in Guerra’s honor and his stepdaughter, Bibiana Diaz, chastised the suspect.
“How someone could just tear a family apart like that and have no remorse, to keep going and hit other cars… and still flee the scene, not trying to render help to anybody is really heartless,” she said.
A $50,000 reward was offered for information leading the suspect’s identification and conviction.
Iscaya is scheduled to appear for a hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 4, according to the sheriff’s department.