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.

Franklin Ruehl September 05, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Speed bumps don't work. http://www.bromleytransport.org.uk/Ambulance_delays.htm
Gary September 05, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I know this is not PC and I don't care... but some of the men from a certain area of the world get so drunk it is unbelievable... all you have to do is drive past the bar by the Long Beach Bridge in Island Park at night and if you don't almost run someone over you will see them staggering like zombies trying to dance. These people should learn that it's NOT ok to get smashed and drive a car in this country.
Ellen Marie September 05, 2012 at 10:48 PM
That poor girl is going through hell today because of this low life, I hope he rots in jail! Either way god will judge him.
Eddie-See September 05, 2012 at 10:52 PM
paddy mcgees ....................?
Ellen Marie September 05, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Gary, it's true I've seen this all over Ny, people staggering around, blinded from to much alcohol. It's very sad what that little girl is gonna have to endure with all the surgery.
Eddie-See September 05, 2012 at 10:57 PM
wait till irish day on the west end.
Penquin September 05, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I am totally blown away when I read about the amazing quantity of DWI's here in Long Beach each week in the Patch. And those reported in the Patch represent only those who were caught! Just a drinking town with a fishing problem? This is where we need more police intervention (and a few less on the boardwalk). Thanks all,
Sandy Beach September 06, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Dear patch editor, please keep updating this story. I want to make sure this drunken idiot stays in jail. If he gets out, he will do it again.
Jules Perlman September 06, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Sandy: Contact MADD and alert them to this case. There is a local chapter in the area. Get proactive. Dont count on someone else to protect you and your family. Also, alert the INS if this person is an illegal alien.
Johnstone September 06, 2012 at 03:51 AM
A speed bump would have crushed this poor girl to death. This is Horrific and I hope he will never see the light of day.
Dan Draddy September 06, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Screw the book...I think they should shoot him! twice!
Dan Draddy September 06, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Again, Screw the book...I think they should shoot him!
Richard "Keith" Stevens (Panama) September 06, 2012 at 11:17 AM
So let's see now.....the drunks will all take into account the speed bumps in the area and act accordingly. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. They're drunks....they're not supposed to be driving....do you think for a moment that they give two $hits about speed bumps...? Really.....? I'm sure that Harvey is doing just fine also. He's an ex-cop....should he be patrolling the streets also..? He's a good man so you can leave his name out of this or at least stop trying to make him look bad...!!
Richard "Keith" Stevens (Panama) September 06, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Find out where this dirtbag was drinking and if was some type of establishment then use the Dramshop law to sue their ball$ off....!!!
Candygram for Mongo September 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
and who he allegedly got the coke from, per today's Newsday article
LB4 September 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Heard the guy was not in the slightest bit remorseful when he was arrested.
IRISH 4 September 06, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Drunks don"t care about speed bumps,lights,baby carriages, children or anyone.A dwi has to be seen as a very serious crime with a sever penalty. They drive drunk until they lose their license and then they drive drunk without a license . THEY DON'T CARE!
Karen September 06, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Harsh - the penalty MUST be harsh.....many years
Karen September 06, 2012 at 07:44 PM
No way...this is probably not the first dwi for this guy...and the was a severe injury...and he left the scene of the accident....I want to know when he will be in court to answer the charges and as many people can get there should show up in support of no tolerance for drunk driving - STIFF SENTENCES - go to the court and show we are serious - I AM!!!
Jimmy Pop September 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Karen September 06, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I say show up in court en masse.
Karen September 06, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I say show up at the courthouse en masse
IRISH 4 September 07, 2012 at 01:48 PM
First from the sounds of her injuries ,Rash is an understatement .Her injuries were much more painful and severe. and that does not take into account her emotions> she sounds like a very brave young lady who is dealing with this tragedy .. I pray for her full recovery ..,
Dan Draddy September 07, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I think they should tie a rope around him and drag him down the road for a few miles!
IRISH 4 September 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Great idea!
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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