Security Footage Shows Moments Before Frederick “Woon” Frazier Hit from Behind; Police Still Seeking Leads

In security footage released by the LAPD, Frederick "Woon" Frazier is seen turning right into the empty gutter lane on Manchester moments before a white SUV is seen speeding into frame behind him.
In security footage released by the LAPD, Frederick "Woon" Frazier is seen turning right into the empty gutter lane on Manchester moments before a white SUV is seen speeding into frame behind him.

As Beverly Owens approached the ghost bike placed at Manchester and Normandie in honor of the memory of her fallen son, 22-year-old Frederick “Woon” Frazier, she began howling.

Pushing aside reporters and supporters gathered for yesterday afternoon’s press conference and screaming at them to leave her alone, she moved toward the white bike, now decorated with messages from Frazier’s friends, and the photos of the car that killed her son and doubled over, sobbing, “WHY? WHY? WHY YOU DIDN’T STOP?”

A distraught Beverly Owens pushes supporters aside in her grief at a press conference regarding the killing of her son by a hit-and-run driver. [Screenshot from CBS broadcast]
A distraught Beverly Owens pushes supporters aside in her grief at a press conference regarding the killing of her son by a hit-and-run driver. [Screenshot from CBSLA broadcast]
He was her baby, she said.

He was all she had in this world; he was all she lived for.

They had always faced life’s struggles as a team – she had done all she could for him as a single mother in a community that had long been neglected by the city and his job helped pay their rent so they could have a roof over their heads.

And yet someone still saw fit to take him from her because her son was riding a bike – a hobby that he had taken up several years ago to address his diabetes and one that had completely changed his life for the better.

She was tortured by the idea that he was calling out for her with his last breath, she said. A witness had told her it appeared that Frazier was trying to form last words as he lay in the street, and that it seemed like he was saying something starting with the letter “M.”

“I was all he had,” she cried. “When the cameras leave, I’m at home with my baby gone. You took him away. I guarded him with my life. I guarded him as best I could. Somebody knows who did it…God sees you and he knows.”

A tearful Moses Williams – one of Frazier’s closest friends – echoed her laments.

He had texted his deceased friend several times over the past few days, he said, hoping it was all a bad dream. They had been inseparable – always meeting up to eat, to ride, and even, as Williams said, to “talk about all the wonderful things our moms had done for us.”

“You hurt a lot of people,” he said, addressing the SUV driver. “You ran. You turned it into a murder. You took his life and… you left him there to die by himself.”

“Turn yourself in and ease some of the pain that you caused,” he pleaded. “I know it’s eating away at you.”

At least, we want to believe it’s eating away at the driver. Security footage released last night suggests that this wasn’t just any “accident.”

In the video, Frazier is seen making a right from Normandie (he had just left home) into the open gutter lane on Manchester.

Suddenly, a white SUV comes speeding into frame – it’s moving at a much faster rate than the traffic flowing alongside it at around 35 mph. The SUV is also in the gutter lane, suggesting that the driver had probably been weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds, given how many parked cars it would have had to dodge (seen below).

Both move out of frame just as the SUV reaches Frazier’s back wheel.

The photo of the scene where Frazier was hit at Manchester, near Normandie. Photo: Capt. Jonathan Tom, LAPD
The photo of the scene where Frazier was hit at Manchester, near Normandie. Photo: Capt. Jonathan Tom, LAPD

It’s like watching a horror film – it’s hard to believe such a powerful young man was dead just moments later because someone needed to get to the next red light so much faster than everybody else.

And it’s devastating.

Sadly, the press conference offered little in the way of new information regarding the SUV or the driver that killed him. The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on Budlong before disappearing for good.

The car that had been used to injure Quatrell Stallings, who was tossed high into the air at last Wednesday’s vigil when a female driver (who also had gotten out of her car and punched a female cyclist a few minutes earlier) deliberately slammed into him, was found abandoned in Compton, thanks to a tip. According to police, it is currently being examined for evidence, but they are, at present, still unsure how to connect the driver to the car, as she was not the registered owner.

Leads are also in short supply for the hit-and-runs over the weekend that killed a pedestrian at Figueroa and Imperial Highwaya man in a wheelchair at Century and Main, and yet another cyclist at Century and Avalon. Just as they continue to be in short supply for too many of the hit-and-runs we’ve covered here, as well as the ones we never hear about – which turn out to be quite numerous.

According to the South Traffic Division, from January through the end of March, there were 195 hit-and-runs involving pedestrians and 96 involving bicyclists in the division encompassing Southwest, Southeast, Harbor, and 77th Street. The hit-and-run death toll for the year had remained relatively low until this past weekend. But the sheer number of incidents reported – especially when anecdotal evidence suggests a significant number go unreported – means navigating the streets is much more fraught for vulnerable road users than we tend to acknowledge.

In what appears to be an attempt to quiet some of the outrage over the carnage, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced yesterday that he would be throwing $91 million at Vision Zero efforts to… well, it’s incredibly unclear what that money will be used for. The low-cost fixes that have shown up on many of our city’s streets have served more as visible reminders to drivers that pedestrians and cyclists exist than they have as genuine modifiers of behavior. And the one-off events tapping local organizations to engage community members on safety have, in practice, been more about raising the profile of the Vision Zero initiative itself than about implementing actual change.

Vermont, at Slauson, looking South. Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog L.A.
Bollards at Vermont, at Slauson, are intended to limit a driver’s capacity to right hook their way into a pedestrian. Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog L.A.

What Frazier’s friends and other advocates are clamoring for is, instead, tangible change to our roadways that carves out real physical, protected space for cyclists and pedestrians.

Until we see the city take bold steps forward in that regard and really make an effort to reckon with the very vocal contingent of Angelenos that opposes slowing streets down, it will remain difficult to believe that safety for all road users is an achievable goal.

If you have any information regarding any of the hit-and-runs from this past weekend, please contact South Traffic Detectives Moreno or Flannery at 323-421-2500 or the Watch Commander after business hours at 323-421- 2577. See the LAPD press release on the incident here. If you’d like to contribute to funeral expenses for Frazier, visit the gofundme started by Keiven Muñoz, Frazier’s close friend, here.

  • Velo Haus

    WHY don’t you contact budweiser company which have cameras on the back of the trucks to get the suv plate number?

  • Joe Commuter

    Sure someone died, but look at how free flowing that traffic is, isn’t it lovely? Hope our politicians don’t lose sight of what really matters. Remember, dead people can’t vote you out of office but angry motorists can! #KeepLAMoving

  • Hugh Shepard

    “..was found abandoned in Compton, thanks to a tip. According to police, it is currently being examined for evidence, but they are, at present, still unsure how to connect the driver to the car, as she was not the registered owner.”

    It’s not rocket science. Just contact the registered owner, ask who they gave their car to.

    Why don’t the police or investigators do this?

  • Hugh Shepard

    Don’t they have other security cameras and/or traffic cameras along the road that would have a clearer view of liscense plates passing? Could you not search for a white SUV passing in the specific time period after the crash happened, based on how fast the SUV was moving and the direction in which it was going? This way you could catch the license plate number.

  • Between the 5-second mark in the video and the 9-second mark your bike
    rider only moves about 25 feet, or about 4.25 mph, and Ms. Banks only
    moves about 50 feet, or about 9 mph.

    Frankly this whole thing is starting to take on a rotten odor. Why distort the video that much considering that the distorted video contributed to causing a later riot and blockage of the intersection by protesters, that caused the 2nd incident there?

    If
    that beer truck is moving at 35 mph as you have claimed, your bike
    rider ran that stoplight on northbound Normandie doing at-least 25 mph,
    pulling out from a view obstructed to eastbound traffic by the McDonald’s on the SW corner, and it only took between 1.5 seconds and 2 seconds maximum for Ms. Banks to go from the
    extended west curb line of Normandie to hitting your red light runner
    120 feet away, driving in a legal travel lane, just 60-70 feet after the cyclist ran the red light, blocked from moving left by traffic on her left, Her recognition and reaction time is quite close to the median found by PHD-level peer-reviewed studies in traffic engineering journals.

    A speed of 80 feet per-second is 50 mph, while 25 mph would be 40 feet per-second. The posted speed limit of 35 mph is 51 feet per-second.

    So frankly the beer truck wasn’t doing 35 mph, he was likely only doing half that, as that is what the distance moved within a certain time frame shows. That security camera has its own clock time which for whatever reason was removed from the ongoing video after the first 2 seconds.

    The beer truck was accelerating. No matter how you look at it your bike rider is at-fault for running the red light on northbound Normandie and pulling right out in-front of moving heavy traffic into an active and legal travel lane on a major truck route, which had the right of way, from a road where the vision to the south that eastbound drivers can see is obstructed by the McDonald’s on the SW corner to just 25 feet plus or minus south of the south crosswalk.

    This is the problem with creating false narratives filled with hate. Sooner or later they get found-out. I have enough to turn over to the LAPD and the Los Angeles Times.

  • sahra

    You do that, lol. And while you’re at it, take a moment to review the statutes. You’ll be surprised to find that, regardless of the circumstances, a hit-and-run is a crime.

  • michael macdonald

    It’s almost too perfect that you run an organization called “CREEP.”

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