Rafael Newell Identified as Driver Accused of Hitting Disabled Veteran near 139th Street
GARDENA, CA (August 27, 2018) – A man was injured early Monday morning following a hit-and-run crash near 139th Street. The victim was later identified as Joshua Byrd, a two-tour Iraq War veteran.
As per reports, the incident took place at about 6:30 AM in the 13700 block of Cimarron Avenue. Byrd was walking his service dog outside when he saw 30-year-old Rafael Newell toss trash from his vehicle.
The veteran asked Newell to pick up the trash, but the driver did not respond. Byrd then placed the trash on the hood of the suspect’s vehicle, which resulted in an argument between the two men. A short time later, Newell intentionally struck the pedestrian and fled the scene, leaving Byrd with a fractured wrist and several cuts.
On October 1, police received tips that helped them identify the assailant as Newell. Anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Gardena Police Department’s dispatch center at (310) 323-7911 or Detective Goodpaster at (310) 217-9653.
No further details have been provided to the public at this time, as an investigation is ongoing.
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