Wilmington Hit and Run Fatal: $50,000 Reward Considered. - New York News

Wilmington Hit and Run Fatal: $50,000 Reward Considered.

Posted: Updated:
Wilmington, CA -

From Hal Eisner:

This is a statement from Councilman Joe Buscaino about this morning's hit and run in Encino. Besides asking for big rewards he is now asking the State Legislature for big penalties for these kinds of crimes.

"I am deeply saddened and disturbed that a third hit and run fatality has occurred over the span of the last three weeks.

While the City of Los Angeles is taking immediate action to address this ongoing problem, I call upon the state legislature to stiffen the penalties for hit and run crimes, making them equivalent in seriousness to DUI offenses.

A traffic accident is not a crime. It becomes a crime the moment you leave the scene and fail to render aid to the victim and fail to take responsibility for your actions. We must do everything we can to change the culture of driver apathy in Los Angeles, where motorists continue to display a lack of responsibility and concern, leaving a human being out in the street to die."

Office of Councilman Joe Buscaino

Buscaino Standing Reward Motion

Full Resolution Portrait of Councilman Buscaino

 


Following up on an exclusive gut wrenching story by our intrepid Hal Eisner, the family of 26 year old Manny Ayala was out on PCH in Wilmington this afternoon passing out flyers, pleading for help in solving the week old hit and run death of the 26-year-old father. 

 

Manny had been crossing PCH near Wilmington about 7:45 pm last Monday night.. of course not the safest thing to to, when he was hit by a driver who just kept on going. He was hospitalized on life support before his mother Laura pulled the plug a couple of days later. Now she and Manny's father and their extended family are pleading for help in identifying the driver who hit their boy and never stopped. They'll now be ( presumably ) prosecuted for leaving the scene of an accident, when, ironically, if indeed it was a tragic accident and they had stopped and waited for police, it's possible there would have not been a crime, just a sad sad loss. 

Manny's long time girlfriend, mother of their 4-yr-old girl, his mother, his father, grandmother, and other family and friends were all out in Wilmington passing out flyers, posting them on windows , in businesses, giving them to anyone who'd take one.  They had that vacant stare so common in victims of tragedy who are trying to make some sense of things. The police say they have ''very little'' to go on.. maybe two women driving a grey Toyota sedan.  Not much.  There is some surveillance video from a nearby business, police will look at that.. I've seen it... it shows Manny in the street, the accident isn't clear. Hopefully someone will come forward and do the right thing so Manny's not just another statistic.

In fact, since the LA Weekly  http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0151-0200/ab_184_bill_20130128_introduced.htm wrote last Dec about the epidemic of hit and runs in LA,  State Asssemblyman Mike Gatto has authored AB 184, which , among other things, would increase the statute of limitations for prosecuting hit and runs from 3 years to 6 years.  http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asmab_0151-0200ab_184_bill_20130128_introduced.htm    It passed the Assembly and the Senate unanimously and is awaiting a signature on the Governor's desk.  It's been there since Sept 19 .  Will he sign it? His people say the Governor ''doesnt talk about pending legislation"' , ( unless he decides he wants to ) but there's no reason to suspect he won't sign it.  The Ayala family hopes it won't ever come to that, they want answers like now.

 


 

(FOX 11) Laura Schumann was in tears. Her son was killed by a hit and run driver last Monday around 7:45pm. Happened on PCH near Wilmington Blvd. He was hit by a gray car. Witnesses said two women were inside and kept going after the collision.

Schumann was in tears describing the image she had of her son left on the side of the road as "road kill." The brother and sisters... same way. The emotion was very heavy in their Corona home. And, Ayala's girlfriend of 8 years, and mother of his 4 year old daughter Wednesday, couldn't hold the tears back either. She wanted who ever hit him to turn themselves in. "They've taken my soul mate from me" she said.

All of the family members I spoke with say they will leaflet the neighborhood around PCH and Wilmington until they get answers and, like their new Facebook page called Facebook.com/JusticeforEmanuelAyala says, until they get justice for Emanuel.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NYC Denny's features $300 breakfast

    NYC Denny's features $300 breakfast

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:47 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:47:22 GMT
    Diner chain Denny's is opening it's first New York City location, complete with a big-city "deal".   How does a $300 breakfast sound?    The Denny's is located at the corner of Nassau and Spruce in Lower Manhattan's Financial District.  Along with its normal food you can get at just about any location in the rest of the country, this location will offer a Grand Slam breakfast with a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon champagne.
    Diner chain Denny's is opening it's first New York City location, complete with a big-city "deal".   How does a $300 breakfast sound?    The Denny's is located at the corner of Nassau and Spruce in Lower Manhattan's Financial District.  Along with its normal food you can get at just about any location in the rest of the country, this location will offer a Grand Slam breakfast with a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon champagne.
  • Security stepped up for Electric Zoo Festival

    Security stepped up for Electric Zoo Festival

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:34:04 GMT
    Festival goers to one of the most popular events of the summer in New York City will see major changes this weekend.  The Electric Zoo festival featuring headliner David Guetta takes place Saturday and Sunday on Randall's Island. Organizers are expecting 45,000 people, daily. Last year's party was cut short after the deaths of  Olivia Rotundo, 20, of Providence, R.I. and Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y. 
    Festival goers to one of the most popular events of the summer in New York City will see major changes this weekend.  The Electric Zoo festival featuring headliner David Guetta takes place Saturday and Sunday on Randall's Island. Organizers are expecting 45,000 people, daily. Last year's party was cut short after the deaths of  Olivia Rotundo, 20, of Providence, R.I. and Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y. 
  • Joan Rivers remains in NYC hospital

    Joan Rivers remains in NYC hospital

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:54:57 GMT
    Hollywood legend Joan Rivers, 81, remains in critical but stable condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. The comedian and TV host was undergoing an outpatient procedure at a clinic on the Upper East Side on Thursday when she went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement saying her mother was "resting comfortably."

    Hollywood legend Joan Rivers, 81, remains in critical but stable condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. The comedian and TV host was undergoing an outpatient procedure at a clinic on the Upper East Side on Thursday when she went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement saying her mother was "resting comfortably."

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices