Family Remembers ‘Old Man With the Hat’ Fatally Struck in Chula Vista

Family Remembers \'Old Man With the Hat\' Fatally Struck in Chula Vista
Family Remembers \’Old Man With the Hat\’ Fatally Struck in Chula Vista
nA 90-year-old man who was killed Friday night when he was hit by two cars in Chula Vista has been identified as Juan Guel.

Officials said Guel was hit as he walking at the intersection of East H Street and Buena Vista Way around 6 p.m. Friday, crossing against the light.

He fell into the street after being hit by the first car, and was then struck by a second passing vehicle, pinning him underneath, police said.

Guel, who lived in Chula Vista, had last been seen by family members that afternoon when he went for a walk and to go to a nearby restaurant, the county Medical Examiner’s Office said..

Officials said Guel was hit as he walking at the intersection of East H Street and Buena Vista Way around 6 p.m. Friday, crossing against the light.

The family of a 90-year old man struck and killed in Chula Vista last week said he was affectionately known as the “old man with the hat.”

Juan Guel, who regularly donned his trademark Stetson hat, was hit by two cars and died instantly on Friday, Feb. 9. The accident happened around 6 p.m. at the busy intersection of East H Street and Buena Vista Way.

His son Bobby Guel told NBC 7 that his father was at fault because he crossed into traffic during a red light.

His father moved to Chula Vista four years ago after seeing a decline in his health. Bobby said he owned a bar on the south side of Chicago for 50 years. Recently, Juan began showing signs of dementia.

He would take daily walks to a nearby strip mall and was about one tenth of a mile from his home when he was fatally struck.

The drivers of the two vehicles that hit Juan stayed at the accident scene. Bobby offered words of comfort to those drivers.

“I’m sorry that you have to live with that. It wasn’t your fault,” Bobby said. “It happened. It’s unfortunate. I just want you to have peace. It was a terrible accident.”


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