Hit-and-Run Crash Kills Man Helping Driver Stranded on 91 Freeway

The victim and family members were on their way home from a celebration at Disneyland when he was struck by a truck

A 34-year-old man trying to help someone who was out of gas on the 91 Freeway in Cerritos was killed by a hit-and-run driver early Sunday morning, family members said.

Miguel Gutierrez, of Norwalk, was on his way home from Disneyland when he stopped on the shoulder of the eastbound 91 Freeway near Studebaker Road just after midnight, his wife Lorraine Barajas said. Barajas said a truck struck her car, then hit her husband and dragged him on the freeway, without ever trying to stop.

The truck was described as a white stake bed truck with wooden rails. It likely has front-end damage on the passenger side. 

Barajas said she took Gutierrez to Disneyland to celebrate that he finished his automotive courses at Cerritos College recently. The couple had been married for three years but have known each other since high school, she said .

There were other relatives in the car who witnesses the horrific collision.

California Highway Patrol investigators say the suspected hit-and-run vehicle is a white box or work-type truck with wooden rails along the bed of the truck.

Anyone who with information on that truck or the driver is urged to call the CHP in Santa Fe Springs.

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