Suspect who fatally struck 86-year-old woman in August surrenders to police

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Suspect who fatally struck woman, 86, in August surrenders to police
The family of an 86-year-old woman is getting their first look at the suspect who fatally struck her while she was pushing a cart in Williamsburg. Kemberly Richardson has more.

WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (WABC) -- The suspect who fatally struck an 86-year-old woman pushing a cart in Williamsburg in August surrendered to police Tuesday morning.

Luis Sanchez-Gutierrez, 28, is charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving, among other charges, in connection to the Aug. 21 crash.

Authorities say he ran a red light then left the scene, forcing detectives to track him down.

The family of the victim, 86-year-old Agutina Muniz, was there when the suspect was walked to see the man suspected of killing their mother.

"What he did was egregious in his act, my mom was a very loving woman, she still had a lot of life left in her," the victim's son Roger Muniz said.

A family attorney said Muniz was in the crosswalk at the time of the crash and dashcam video captured what happened.

"You could see the light is clearly red and he was stopped already at the light, so why he decided to go through, it's just no explanation, but anyone who sees that video will be angry," attorney Brett Nomberg said.

Sanchez-Gutierrez worked for J Brothers Trucking which had no comment on Tuesday, but the Muniz family plans to sue the company and the defendant.

Muniz worked for the city five days a week feeding children. She had two of her own and eight grandkids and one great-grandchild she was looking forward to meeting.

"She was going to see her on Thanksgiving of this year and she didn't get to see her," her son said.

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