According to his lawyer, who spoke to a publication on Monday, the driver of the SUV that struck Los Angeles County law enforcement trainees during a training run last week dozed off behind the wheel on the way to work.
Nicholas Gutierrez, an electrical engineer at a solar panel manufacturer, fell asleep on the way to work, according to lawyer Alexandra Kazarian, who told the Los Angeles Times.
He had woken up around five in the morning.
Nevertheless, she claimed, she had not been up late the night before.
According to the authorities, the collision occurred at around 6:30 a.m.
He’s an outstanding student who dozed off on the early morning commute to work, Kazarian told the publication.
The 22-year-old Gutierrez was unceremoniously freed after being detained on accusations of trying to kill a peace officer.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, an additional investigation was required.
Several of the 25 members of a sheriff’s academy class were severely hurt in the crash on November 16.
According to UCI Health, one victim remains in the hospital in a critical but stable condition, while another injured cadet was released over the weekend.
Sheriff and police recruits were running in formation in the roadway when the accident happened.
According to the authorities, the SUV swerved into the wrong side of the road, drove into the recruits, and struck a pole.
According to NBC4LA, Kazarian stated on Friday that her client had neither alcohol nor narcotics in his system.