Police: Drunk Driver Dragged Girl on Bike

Hospitalized teenager is treated for severe road rash.

A teenage bicyclist in Long Beach was hit and dragged several feet by a drunk driver on Labor Day, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The motorist, indentified as German Gutierrez, a 49-year-old Long Beach resident, was driving a jeep eastbound on East Beech Street when he struck a 15-year-old girl riding her bike at Edwards Boulevard and dragged her about halfway down the block, between Edwards and Riverside Boulevard, on Sept. 3, said Sgt. Eric Cregeen, the department’s public information officer.

“He drags her a couple of hundred feet, her and her bicycle, before she was separated from the vehicle,” he said.

Police received a call about the incident at 8:53 p.m., in which the witness described the vehicle in question as a red jeep that had left the accident scene and continued driving eastbound on East Beech, Cregeen said.

Meanwhile, police received a second call that a motorist struck a parked car at the 200 block of East Beech. Police were able to stop and arrest Gutierrez at the 500 block of East Beech, between Lincoln and Franklin boulevards. Gutierrez was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of personal injury accident, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and second-degree vehicular assault.

The girl was transported to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, where she is being treated for lacerations to her legs. “She had severe road rash,” Cregeen said.

The Long Beach School District, on learning about the accident involving one of their students, released the following statement: "The Long Beach Board of Education and Administration are greatly saddened about the tragic accident that took place on Monday evening involving an eleventh-grade Long Beach High School student. Our thoughts and prayers are with the student and family during this time and we hope that the student makes a full and quick recovery and is back in school soon. The Long Beach Schools fully supports the efforts of the local police to stop drunk and impaired driving."

* This story was updated on 9:17 a.m. on Sept. 6, 2012.

Leonard Bauman September 07, 2012 at 05:49 PM
This guy gives Long Beach a bad name. Hopefully, he will go to jail and not live in Long Beach anymore. Who needs someone nasty like this individual in our community of diverse individuals!
KL September 08, 2012 at 04:04 AM
i just pray that the girl is OK....prayers go out to the child and family.
Dan Draddy September 08, 2012 at 05:20 AM
What are you Nuts? She's not OK, she's in the hospital with some serious injuries. I hope she can recover from this... Both physically as well as mentally. I fear her emotional injury may be worse than the physical.
Candygram for Mongo September 08, 2012 at 10:40 AM
Yeah! What are you NUTS?????!!??!
Happy Daze September 08, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Just think, back home I didn't even own a car. America is great country. Obama is great president, says I can stay in America and I not criminal for jumping border. Speedy recovery for the young lady.


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