Manslaughter Charge for CHP Officer Accused of Fatally Striking a Pedestrian
A California Highway Patrol officer has been formally charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter over the 2019 crash that killed a 24-year-old pedestrian in Bixby Knolls, authorities say.
On Oct. 27, 2019, at roughly 4:40 a.m. CHP Officer Alfredo Gutierrez, 38, was driving, while on duty, at an excessive speed, on a motorcycle when he fatally struck and killed 24-year-old Cezannie Mount on Del Amo Blvd near Cherry Ave in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, according to a criminal complaint.
Driving the news: Mount's family filed a civil lawsuit against Officer Gutierrez and the CHP back in May, alleging wrongful death and negligence.
Gutierrez fliped off his motorcycle after crashing into Mount and suffered injuries.
According to CHP, Mount died at the scene when he was crossing the street outside of the crosswalk at the time of the crash.
If convicted, Gutierrez could face up to a year in county jail.
The Press-Telegram reported that Gutierrez was still employed at the CHP South Los Angeles Office.