Sylmar resident Manny Guerra and his one-year old daughter “Sammy” were killed when their car collided with a semi-truck last Saturday, Nov. 8, on Highway 18 in the High Desert.
The crash occurred just before 9 a.m., about four miles west of the Los Angeles-San Bernardino county line, according to Bernard Peters, a supervising dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Guerra regularly traveled back and forth from Sylmar to Las Vegas, where the child’s mother currently lives. At the scene of the accident, firefighters found Guerra and his child trapped inside the car where they had died, according to local media reports. They were the vehicle’s only occupants.
The big rig’s driver was taken to a trauma center with non-life threatening injuries, which is standard procedure for people involved in fatal crashes, Peters said. The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash.
Guerra was described as a wonderful friend and loving father who was devoted to his daughter. “The love of his life was his daughter Sammy,” said his sister Norma Guerra. “He was a great dad, and was soon to have another daughter in January.”
A mechanic, Guerra worked at Two Brothers Auto in Sun Valley and was a hardcore Cowboys and Lakers fan. He was a man of many interests, who enjoyed hiking and dirt bike riding, working on cars, eating sushi and Mexican food, playing the guitar and spending time with his friends.
“He had a beautiful smile and that sparkle in his eyes that will let him get away with anything,” Norma said. “Manny had so many friends that loved him, who would have done anything for him.”
A Rosary and Viewing will be held on Sunday, Nov. 16, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Utter-McKinley San Fernando Mission Mortuary, located at 11071 Columbus Ave., in Mission Hills. A Mass will be said on Monday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Mission Rey,15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., in Mission Hills. Funeral services will follow at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills.