Vicious and Deadly Hit and Run Crash in Compton Caught on Tape

Local news has been buzzing this morning because a deadly hit and run "van v bike" crash was caught on tape in Compton this morning.  Ovidio Morales, a father of five, was presumably on his way to work.  Morales is separated from his family in Guatemala, whom he was sending money to in hopes they would one day be able to join him.

The footage, via KTLA, is grainy; but you can clearly see the van hit the cyclist, the cyclist get briefly drug, the driver get out of the van, check on dead cyclist, get back in the van, and drive away.

Witnesses to the crash say that the driver was on his cell phone when he ran a red light before hitting the cyclist.  Morales was in the crosswalk, crossing with a green light, at the time of the crash.  The Compton Sheriff’s office is investigating and is looking for help in finding the driver.  I guess it’s a good thing that the California Highway Patrol isn’t investigating.

  • This just sickens me.
    If the studies of cell phone usage indicate that talking on a cell phone is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, then the punishment should be similar. Anyone caught using a cell phone (not hands free) while driving should face massive fines, loss of license for misdemeanor (no cell phone as part of any probation). Any accident would be a felony, just like with alcohol.

    BADD – Bicyclists Against Distracted Drivers!

  • This is horrible. I really hope they find the driver and prosecute to the fullest extent.

  • Is it fair to say that the engineers in charge of designing this road have blood on their hands too? Cell phones are distracting, but if you’re driving slowly enough you can get away with a lot of stupidity behind the wheel.

    I hope his children and wife in Guatemala are going to be alright, though I doubt it, with their bread winner taken away by a careless driver.

  • Biker395

    Am I missing something here?

    1. Subpoena cellphone providers that have cellphone near the location to provide the identity of persons actively speaking on the phone or texting at the time of the accident.

    2. Search the records to find which of those persons match the description of witnesses an the description of the van.

    3. Investigate the identified persons.

    4. Do (1)-(3) before the perpetrator has a chance to destroy evidence.

    I dunno … why so difficult? Is the subpoena that hard to get?

  • Biker395

    Geez … typos!

    1. Subpoena cellphone providers that have cellphone TOWERS near the location to provide the identity of persons actively speaking on the phone or texting at the time of the accident.

    2. Search the records to find which of those persons match the description of THE OFFENDER an the description of the van.

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