Casha Cheema of Irvine Held for Manslaughter After Hit-and-Run Death of Motorcycle Rider

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Casha Cheema of Irvine was in custody today in lieu of $50,000 bail for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident on the 405 freeway near Culver City, where the life of a motorcycle passenger was taken. Someone from Orange County with the same name as 25-year-old Cheema may have been talking about "small fender benders" in a YouTube video posted in 2009.

Yuliana Gutierrez, 24, of South Gate, was a rider on a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle in the HOV lane of the 405 southbound lanes around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, when a 2006 Toyota Prius in the No. 1 lane began "changing into the HOV lane over double yellow lines to avoid slowing traffic ahead of her," according to the California Highway Patrol.

"As she began to move into the HOV lane, she did not see (the motorcycle) and sideswiped (it), causing (it) to be pushed into the center divider wall," continues the CHP's preliminary report (via City News Service).

The Prius stopped and the driver checked on the motorcyclists before allegedly fleeing onto the nearby eastbound Marina (90) Freeway just as CHP units rolled up. Witnesses pointed the driver out, she was arrested and later identified as Cheema.

The unidentified 34-year-old Hawthorne man driving the motorcycle received minor injuries, but Gutierrez suffered major head trauma and died about five hours after the crash, according to the CHP, which booked Cheema on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving injury or death.

Here is the video posted on YouTube titled "Casha Cheema Just a few small accidents:"

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californiabec
californiabec

Most of you have never met Chasha Cheema yet alone know the kind of person she really is. Yet you have judged, convicted and hung her with out knowing any facts before she has even been tried.  She has been labeled a RITCH BITCH, SPOILED BRAT, THINKS SHE IS ABOVE THE LAW, HAS NO CONCIOUS,TAKES NO RESPONSABILITY FOR ACTIONS, AND WORST OF ALL A MURDER. She should be locked up forever and rot in hell for eternity. Without knowing a thing about her family somehow people thinks her Father is some big wig in Irvine that will get her off. This is far from the truth. I have know Chasha Cheema and her family shince the day she was born. Her Father grew up very poor. He has known hunger, wore rags, at age 6 he didn't even have a pair of shoes. But he rose above it worked seven days a week AND STILL DOES. He wanted his children to have a good life.  Chasha was not handed everything she wanted she was taught  if you want things you must work hard to earn it and to be responsible. At around age 10 she liked to do volunteer work for those less fortunate she had compassion for the outcasts and underdogs and took them under her wings. During the summers in high school worked so she could have a car unlike the real spoild brats that partied and went to beach everyday. THIS CHILD IS UNSPOILED. She is a beautiful young lady, tender hearted, and kind. How do I know all this I am her Aunt she's my sister's first child. She know full well that Her tragic mistake has cost a young woman close to her age life. When she left the scene of that accident she was in shock and terrified she didn't  know what to do. She is now living every day in torment, guilt she no longer goes out of her bedroom, she quit her job, she sobs and sobs, not because of what you morons think. BECAUSE SHE GOT CAUGHT.  Because she eaten  up with guilt. Something she will live with the rest of her life. Im sure those of you who want to see her suffer and put in prison the rest and live in hell.  Believe me she lives in her own personal prison hell, in torment and fear without rest or peace unable to forgive herself and know her she may never be able to forgive herself she suffers 24-7.  It breaks my heart to watch this beautiful vibrant young lady I watched grow up with all her hopes and dreams shattered, having to live this nightmare forever. I can only hope that through years of counseling and the support of those who love her that she can some day go on with her life and find some sort op peace in her mind and heart and also be forgiven. Chasha if u ever get to read this Know your AUNTIE BECKY LOVES YOU VERY MUCH. To those who has passed sentence on Chasha.  JUDGE NOT LEST THOUGH BE JUDGED. a TRAGIC THING LIKE THIS COULD VERY EASILY HAPPEN TO YOU AND ITS YOUR TURN TO BE SHOWN SOME COMPASSION. THINK ABOUT IT

Charles Duffy Riebe
Charles Duffy Riebe

I've seen a lot of moronic posts commenting on this tragic accident & Casha Cheema. She is a very sweet & nice young lady who made a huge, tragic mistake that not only ended the life of a young lady that seemed very similar to Casha, but a mistake that will forever change her life. Instead of being jerks and saying things you know nothing about, you should be saying prayers for everyone involved.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

I hope the family of the girl killed sues her into oblivion and spends their lives chasing her for the judgement.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Bet you a dollar she gets off with less than 6 months of jail time. This state is broke and they need all the money they can get. She'll pay a  bunch of fines and get off with probation + community service. Then she'll be free to drive around playing on her phone again. Her dad's some bigshot realtor. She'll have a good lawyer. Sickening how many girls i've met here that think being a horrible texting driver is acceptable or even cute.

angelopez_210
angelopez_210

Don't give a crap whose daugher she is. She is gonna rote in jail. Either on earth or in hell! Murderer....

chito45bb
chito45bb

you don't run from an accident!!!!!you don't even leave an animal and run!!!!!this was a human being and you left her there , maybe she was still alive and had a chance , what comes around goes around!!!!!!KARMA!!

lcrios1
lcrios1

Im very sorry to hear the loss of this beautiful young ladys life. to the family of Yuliana...I too lost a loved one. my brother to a car accident. Man stopped looked at my bro and fled the scene. Evidence showed he was on the phone when he struck my bro.

Kyle Hojem
Kyle Hojem

I went to school with her at one time. Sad to hear this.

lickxdzstars
lickxdzstars

I hope she get the ultimate penalty for her lack of consciousness for leaving the scene and @ninevolte you are probably defending her because you know her or are related to her in some way.  This rich bitch took off because she thought she could get away with it and now she is going to throw money at the situation and not give two shits about the fact that she killed someone and that person is going to be gone forever. 


Everyone please feel bad for this POOR, INNOCENT, PANIC-STRIKEN girl  she meant no harm.  Forget the person that is now dead and the life she has taken.

David Tanaka
David Tanaka

We all see idiots enter carpool lanes illegally. I ride a motorcycle and if you cause you & I to have a "close call" because you entered the HOV lane illegally I will just kick your mirror off and continue about my business EZ :)

free2000
free2000

Wow, are you all missing the main point here.  This was not an "accident"!  This was an intentional, illegal act.  A conscious choice.  As a motorcyclist, I expect people to be entering the car pool at the appropriate places and plan for it.   Also, if I see the #1 lane slowing, I try to watch for those that feel the rules don't apply to them and cross the double yellow when they see fit.  But if it's sudden enough and the driver doesn't look over their shoulder before moving, this is the result.

Ms. Cheema made a choice to do something illegal that resulted in a death.  She deserves no mercy.  Fleeing the scene only compounds it. 

BlackTeeth
BlackTeeth

Hitting someone crossing an intersection against the light is an accident.

This is criminal negligence.

Marc Morin-Lebel
Marc Morin-Lebel

I wanted to see the video, but I'm glad the it's been removed from YouTube. Sounds like she's a Real Housewife of OC In-Training.

Jill Marie
Jill Marie

The video was removed from YouTube already

ninevolte
ninevolte

prone2, you're obviously looking for a reason to pounce but your level of disrespect and ignorance is not worthy of an actual response.

Again, a young girl lost her life here and that's not right. Was it intentional- no. Is it tragic- yes, most definitely. At the same time, do you not think that for every second of everyday for the rest of her life Casha will have to pay the price of knowing the role that she played in this tragedy.

erod88
erod88

It's unfortunate and sad to read how the life of an amazing, intelligent, talanted and most happy person I ever met was taken away by an irresponsible driver that shouldn't get away with what she did! I knew Yuliana since I was in middle school and its not fair how her life was taken away! I sure hope the driver who caused this pays for what she did!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Ok, while I agree that she didn't intentionally murder someone and it was an accident, it shows a lot about a person's character to flee the scene of an accident period, much less when you know someone was injured/killed.

ninevolte
ninevolte

This is a horrible tragedy, no question. From what I know, from what I've read this was an accident and unfortunately accidents happen all of the time. My heart goes out to the family of Ms.Gutierrez.

But this was no murder and an accident doesn't make someone a murderer.

angelopez_210
angelopez_210

Don't give a crap whose daughter this is. This murderer will pay for her crime in jail and go to hell!!!

caliadriana81
caliadriana81

Why her .....I close my eyes hoping its not my baby Yuli

NancyMM
NancyMM

@californiabec It is understood that this was all a terrible accident. One persons negligence cost another persons life and that is something that no one can change. I say negligence because that is exactly what it was. Ok, so Casha Cheema is not a spoiled brat or the person some have labeled her, we got it. But did YOU have the decency to extend YOUR condolences to the family of the deceased? Nope! (LEAD BY EXAMPLE)rather than throw a rant about how "awesome" your niece is how about some courtesy? Some humbleness? Some compassion? It is not up to everyone to judge anyone PERIOD! But showing the other family that the Cheema family is deeply sorry would be the first step to amending this situation. As for Casha, yes I feel bad that she has created her own prison. It is a terrifying experience especially at her age. For the victims family, may god bless you and give you all the strength because you are too in your own prison. Yes, I agree; this could very well happen to anyone so that is why it is important not to pass judgement. This is why we have God, at the end he can only pass judgement.

hockeyboy1234
hockeyboy1234

@free2000 her choice was intentional and illegal yes, but the RESULT of her choice was an accident, as she most likely didn't mean to hit the motorcyclist, nor even knew that there was a motorcycle in the lane. Now, I'm not defending her at all, I absolutely think she should be thrown away for 20 years.   

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@ninevolte She should.  I hope she gets a lengthy jail term to think about it everyday.

A young girl lost her life due to Casha's actions.  Casha left her on the freeway to die after she hit her. She saw what she did and drove away.  I hope to god the girl she killed haunts her in this life and the next.  

How can someone be so self absorbed to flee and not try to assist the people she hit? 

DaniGirl949
DaniGirl949

@ninevolte I think the part of the article that gets me, is why on earth did she leave the accident? Yes it was a horrible accident, I get that. However, to leave the accident, and not want to help those that are hurt is beyound me.

kevinlandin32
kevinlandin32

@ninevolte  a person who doesnt obey traffic laws and flees the scene.....no of course not .....I bet if yuli was related to you....you would have a different opinion......This casha girl took away one of the most beautiful human beings on this earth due to violating traffic laws ....she showed he concerns when she fled the scene....Yuli was a UCLA grad with a huge future ahead of her.....it was just the start of her life......This girl should pay the ultimate price for killing my friend

ninevolte
ninevolte

...i know, it wasnt the best of decisions that one can make, especially considering the circumstances.The flipside to that would be...i cant begin to imagine the amount of shock and disbelief, the anxiety and the panic, the heartache and concern for another girls life that must have set in and how overwhelming it quickly became. People in a state of shock dont make the best of decisions and I believe that a decision was made that was way out of her character and more in the character of a young lady in a serious state of shock.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@kate0711 It is not justifiable to leave the scene.  If her reaction was to flee, then she chose to react in another criminal way.  

JillKelly
JillKelly

@ninevolte I disagree.  A person with a moral compass would have stayed and taken responsibility.  She fled, not from fear, but because she is a morally bankrupt coward.  Her father will bail her out. He owns a Keller Williams brokerage in Irvine. The KW atty took them to a high powered criminal atty in LA and money will be spent to sweep this under the rug and throw "conscience money" at the deal. Ms Cheema will then continue to live the entitled life she has always led. She was a spoiled petulant kid and will remain a spoiled petulant kid as long as "Daddy" enables it.

lcrios1
lcrios1

Ms. Casha will forever carry this tragedy for the rest of her life and that is a prison in itself. However, she should be held accountable. Regardless of the reasons why she fled from this terrible accident...bottom line she fled from the scene.

kevinlandin32
kevinlandin32

@ninevolte I bet you if this Casha would had gotten away you would have typed ..OMG i hope they find the driver .....well guess what it didnt have to come to that .....even though this girl tried to flee the scene.....Im not saying punish cheema for life ....but she needs to pay the ultimate consequence which i believe is at least 20 years in prison.....she viloated traffic laws ....took an angel from earth ........Miss ninevolte.....I wouldnt be surprised if you knew Cheema......All Im saying is stop defending this person who was in complete wrong doing .....do yourself that favor.....I loved yuli ....and your not making matters better .....just stop!

BlackTeeth
BlackTeeth

@ninevolte "Concern for another girls life"?  Give me a break.  She was anxious all right, anxious that she was going to be charged with reckless endangerment and involuntary manslaughter.  Now we can just tack fleeing the scene to that list.

With regards to your previous post; Was this intentional? No, probably not.  Was it criminally irresponsible?  You bet it was.

DaniGirl949
DaniGirl949

@ninevolte

I agree with you in the fact that people under stress re-act differently. Yet, in the article it states, she stopped and checked on the motorcyclist, and then fleed. So that throws me off. Nonetheless, with that said, it’s heartbreaking all the way around. Someone lost a daughter or a son, maybe even a sister or a brother… and others will lose this girl to the system. So it’s a lose lose situation. Yet there is a part of me, that if that was my son in the middle divider and suffered a head trauma to the point he died, and on top of that knowing the driver left the scene, I would be so so angry! Livid is a better word to use.

kate0711
kate0711

@ninevolte Well said. Its easy to say how you would react in a tragic situation like this but until it is actually happening to you, you don't really know how you would react. Shock and panic could make you do things you wouldn't normally do if you were thinking clearly. What happened was tragic and heart breaking. A life was lost due to this accident and that is something that the driver will live with for the rest of her life. My heart goes out to the victims family and may we all learn a little bit about compassion for others, even when they've made mistakes.

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