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National Guardsman killed in hit-and-run

July 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A National Guardsman from the Antelope Valley who was about to leave for overseas duty was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver Thursday. It happened near the community of Lake Los Angeles."By 11, somebody ringed the bell and I opened the door, see the lady with 'coroner office' -- it just broke my heart," said Juan Guevara, Abraham Guevara's father.

It's the worst news a parent can receive, and it was delivered to Guevara and his family Friday morning. His son, Army National Guardsman Abraham Guevara, was dead. The 26-year-old survived an entire year in Iraq, only to be killed in a hit-and-run accident only a few miles from home.

"Thursday evening he went out for one of his long runs and never came home," said Christie Guevara, Abraham's brother.

The family says Abraham was getting ready for another tour of duty so he went on a training run here along Avenue O. Authorities say it was on his way back home when he was hit

"We believe he may have been jogging west on Avenue O and we believe the vehicle may have come up behind him and hit him from the rear," said California Highway Patrol Officer Henry Ross.

The driver took off, leaving the 26-year-old Guevara on the side of the road.

"He was a great son and a great brother, a great soldier," said Juan Guevara.

"This is a very tragic thing that happened to somebody who it shouldn't have happened to and all we want is justice right now," said Christie.

Authorities say the driver left behind several clues: debris from the accident, including a side mirror that fell off the car in the impact.

Based on that debris authorities believe the suspect vehicle is a newer model blue-gray Hyundai sedan.

"We're just asking that the public just keep looking out in the area for that type of vehicle," said Officer Ross. "If they think that they have any questions or if they think they have seen the vehicle we're asking that you don't confront the driver but write down the license plate, give us a description of the person who is driving and call us and let us do the follow up."

Anyone with information should call the California Highway Patrol at (800) TELL-CHP (800-835-5247).

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