Party Bus Driver Turns Self in 3 Days After Norwalk Hit-and-Run Crash Seriously Injures Pedestrian
The driver of a “party bus” that left a pedestrian in a critical condition after a Norwalk hit-and-run collision turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Tommy Anthony Gutierrez, 37, of City Terrace, surrendered to detectives at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 9 a.m.
He was out of a coma and talking Monday, family members told KTLA. He was expected to undergo reconstructive surgery Wednesday to repair his pelvis.
On Monday, investigators announced that they had found the vehicle and the owner, a Pico Rivera resident. The owner of the 1998 Ford E-450 bus was cooperating with the investigation, and authorities said they hoped the driver would turn himself in.
Gutierrez was booked Tuesday on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license. He was held on $50,000 bail.
“On the advice of his attorney, he gave no statement,” a sheriff’s news release stated.
Several people who were on the bus identified Gutierrez, as did the owner of the bus, the release said.