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updated: Feb 03, 2013, 1:11 PM

A prosecutor says that the hit-and-run suspect, Lau Van Huynh, hid evidence.

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 COMMENT 370492 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 01:39 PM

He hid...himself?!


 COMMENT 370498 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:13 PM

Lock him up


 COMMENT 370502P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:20 PM

Charge the daughter for lying


 COMMENT 370503 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:21 PM

The driver, his wife, his son, and his daughter are equally guilty of murder in this case. They should all be locked up for a very very long time.


 COMMENT 370504 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:23 PM

So sad.. And who would have thought he was at the casino.


 COMMENT 370505 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:25 PM

Murder is premeditated. How did this guy plan out this MURDER?


 COMMENT 370508 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:40 PM

Unsuspecting people get their lives changed forever by one big stupid mistake.


 COMMENT 370509 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:41 PM

I guess this explains the high bail amount to all those confused by it in the previous post a week ago.

Without knowing why Simon was on the freeway, it's hard to point any semblance of blame to him. Yes he shouldn't have been there, but the point of this ongoing investigation is why someone ( now two people ) wouldn't stop the car after being in an accident. Then try to hide the car, the dad, the texts messages now.

Why hide evidence if you didn't think you did anything wrong. It's not murder, but manslaughter be sure to make that destinction


 COMMENT 370510P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 02:54 PM

491: Don't spend 13 hours in a casino gambling. Don't get behind the wheel of a car at midnight when you are 77 years old and have been gambling since 11 a.m. Not to mention driving 3 plus hours up from LA area to gamble. How sick are all these people to be so obsessed with gambling. Shut down the casino. DO NOT give the casino more alcohol permits. Too many accidents are caused by gamblers/partiers/druggies coming to and going from the casino, probably way more than we ever hear about.


 COMMENT 370516 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 03:37 PM

TWO people made bad choices, the young man who died was drunk and blacked out, the driver fled because he didn't want to go to jail from being pain killers. The boy is dead and both fam with forever be changed. It can happen to anyone


 COMMENT 370520 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 03:45 PM

Manslaughter maybe, hit and run yes, destroying/concealling evidence yes, murder no.


 COMMENT 370521 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 03:57 PM

Manslaughter is Murder in the 3rd Degree.


 COMMENT 370526 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 04:24 PM

520 for the win.


 COMMENT 370573 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-03 08:56 PM

Actually, 521 for the win.


 COMMENT 370589 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 06:43 AM

573- Thank you for the legal clarification. It makes sense. 520


 COMMENT 370594 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 07:22 AM

Is it a crime to drop a pedestrian on the freeway? Why wasnt the cabbie hauled in for reckless endangerment?


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 07:36 AM

How can anyone be so heartless as to hit a person and not call 911 for help. The driver didn't know if the victim was dead or alive, didn't know if he could have been saved. Just left the guy there to possibly be run over by another car.


 COMMENT 370603 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 07:44 AM

One interesting question to me is why this guy would drive 3 hrs to the Shumash to gamble when he has at least two large casinos very near his house in Murrieta.

Plus that the cops identified his car by looking at the video tapes from the Casino garage; just remember that next time you are at the casino and then commit a crime where your car can be identified.

I wonder where his gambling money came from? My coworker brought his elderly parents in from Asia and got them citizenship, and now they each get $600/mo from Social Security and free health care from Medicaid without ever having worked or paid into the system.

America is a great place!


 COMMENT 370617 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 08:29 AM

594, "He also noted Huynh is charged with a single count of hit-and-run."


 COMMENT 370627 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 09:23 AM

This is disgusting. Shame on their entire family.


 COMMENT 370643 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 10:26 AM

Exaclty. Shame on their entire family. This was cleary an accident; however, his and his family's response to it has been anything but accidental. Kudos to law enforcement for catching him and here's to hoping that they are severely punished. Had he stopped and done the right thing, I can only imagine he would not have been punished.


 COMMENT 370644 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 10:28 AM

I'm sad this happened, but the guy didn't murder anyone. Yes, he left the scene (hit and run) and concealed evidence. No question he should be prosecuted for those offenses, but stop trying to nail the guy with manslaughter or murder. That's ridiculous.

Chavez was drunk and in the middle of the freeway late at night. He was going to killed regardless of who hit him.


 COMMENT 370659P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 10:56 AM

Enough with the murder/manslaughter stuff! To be charged with either, he would need to have INTENT to kill or at least cause great bodily harm. Even for involuntary manslaughter, he would have had to have been criminally negligent at the very least. He hit and ran. End of story.

What he did was wrong, but it was NOT murder.


 COMMENT 370676 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 11:53 AM

A murder charge is so far beyond an overreach by the DA, that to even contemplate it here is preposterous.


 COMMENT 370689 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 01:08 PM

I keep thinking that if the driver had just stopped then none of this would have happened. That split second decision heaped more and more misery on the driver and his family not to mention the anguish of the young man's family. All of it is sad.


 COMMENT 370691P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 01:15 PM

689 - if the driver had stopped then none of what would have happened? Obviously, he couldn't stop in time to avoid hitting the young man. So, THAT still would have happened.

People, when someone is walking in the middle of the freeway in the middle of the night, they are going to get hit. Simple fact.


 COMMENT 370729P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 02:57 PM

I recently reread his obit and I have to wonder how he found the time to be on the freeway what with all of the wonderful things he was touted to have, do, and be. Surely he must have known better than to be drunk at any time, but not to be drunk AND on the freeway whether by foot or in a vehicle at any time. Let's just hope none of the kids he was mentoring decides to follow in his shoes. It just does not make any sense to me. If we know he was drunk, I am sure he wasn't alone. Someone out there knows the truth. Please come forward and restore his good name. As for the casino, with their security system they were able to account where and when my ex was there following me, and helped me to get a restraining order.


 COMMENT 370762 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 04:13 PM

729p, Sorry but you seem to know a lot of stuff without actually knowing anything.

People get drunk alone. How can you be sure he wasn't alone? That makes no sense and is just you deciding something on your own. People make mistakes. They don't deserve to pay with their lives. It's much more likely people who knew this man were unaware of his troubles and would never follow in his footsteps, as you say.

Your personal story has nothing to do with this one. I'm sorry if that sounds harsh, I only mean it to be honest with you....we're not talking about you OR your assumptions about this case. We're talking about the facts insofar as we know them here.


 COMMENT 370794 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 06:55 PM

691P - I think you know what 689 meant - if the driver had stopped, this would have been a blip on the radar - sad but true. And, BTW, at that hour of the night, your chances of not getting hit improve considerably...not advocating freeway walking or anything.


 COMMENT 370845P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-04 11:22 PM



 COMMENT 370938 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 09:08 AM

Whenever there is any crime, particularly robbery, theft, drunk and drug related offenses and including driving under the influence, the first place to look is the Chumash casino. A two months ago an 18 year old DUI was involved in a fatal auto accident in Santa Maria and admitted he was coming from the casino. Only a couple of weeks ago two tribal members under the influence of drugs were killed in a hit and run accident on the 154 on their way from the casino. The hit and run driver that killed at least one of them was found at the casino.The Chumash casino is the hub of all criminal activity in this county and attracts criminal elements from over 100 miles in every direction. It is almost single handedly the reason highway 154/San Marcos Pass Road has become a veritable "slaughter alley"!


 COMMENT 371104 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-05 03:19 PM

He probably drove all the way to the Chumash casino because he had the Patinum players card and he needed to just lose another $1,000 dollars in order to get his free hamburger lunch, a discounted hotel room (if it ever reopens again) and the first opportunity to buy some over-priced tickets to the next has-been 1950's to 1980's show group scheduled to appear at the Samala room.


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