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updated: Feb 12, 2013, 9:32 AM

CHP officers testify at a preliminary hearing for 78-year-old Lau Van Huynh of Murrieta, charged in the death of 22-year-old Simon Chavez.

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 COMMENT 373673P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 10:43 AM

So did anyone ever figure out exactly why/how the victim was wandering around on the freeway in the first place? For such a crucial fact, this has been strangely neglected.


 COMMENT 373676P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 10:46 AM

673P - exactly! Also, why have the toxicology reports been witheld for so long? I think this would be key to knowing what he was doing on the freeway, especially since he did not respond to someone yelling at him as they drove by.


 COMMENT 373679 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 10:57 AM

Drunk or not- the driver should have stopped. Same thing if you hit an animal. Just because the animal doesn't know any better, doesn't make it right to leave it in the road dying. If the driver hadn't splattered the victim, he could have been instrumental in saving him. At the very least, call 911...


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 11:02 AM

I think someone else was involved and they are letting them go on it just my opinion I don't know for sure how he got on the freeway. I have heard from alot of different people that he was dumped on the freeway by someone else..I think there is some truth to that rumor I've heard from acouple dozen people now..


 COMMENT 373686 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 11:05 AM

Sad all the way around.


 COMMENT 373690P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 11:11 AM

The fact that the driver "ran" was not the cause of death. It was the hit. The hit was likely totally unavoidable. Stopping would not have saved the life of this young man - not when he was hit by a car going at least 60 mph.

Yes, it was bad and irresponsible (and illegal) that the driver did not stop. BUT, it would have done nothing to bring back this young man to life.

It's is all very tragic but it seems people are very eager to blame the driver for the death.


 COMMENT 373693 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 11:15 AM

Something is not right with this case. How does an elderly man drive from the casino (at 11 at night) all the way to Murietta if he is impaired, and is not involved in any other collision. Seems strange.
I agree, why are we withholding, who the taxi driver was and also why the victim was on the freeway, if he was intoxicated or what? We've plastered the face of the driver on all News fronts, but withheld any other possible circumstances. Something isn't right here.


 COMMENT 373704 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 11:39 AM

nobody in a regular state of mind walks on a freeway.......but the tox report will confirm that.

he should have stopped... the sound and physical impact at 60 plus must have been horrendous. probably panicked.


 COMMENT 373716P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 12:09 PM

Yes, he probably panicked.

It seems like there are two fouls here and they should cancel each other out.

I wouldn't want to be on the jury.


 COMMENT 373737 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 01:11 PM

California state law is very specific with regard to leaving the scene of an accident that you have caused.

And as far as the tox screen goes.....it takes 6-8 weeks at least and hopefully the results will be kept as private as possible.

Everyone wants to know why he was walking on the freeway....reality is that one person knew why and he is forever silent.


 COMMENT 373738 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 01:13 PM

This is an easy one for any jury. It's a crime to:

* Leave the scene of an accident without identifying yourself (Felony Hit and Run Involving Death, Cal. Veh. Code 20001 )
* Conceal/destroy evidence (Destruction of Evidence Cal. Penal Code 135)
* Lie to investigators (Obstructing a Peace Officer, Cal Penal Code 148)


 COMMENT 373751 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 01:29 PM

Thank you 738. This would not even be a case if the driver had stopped. Unless, of course, he was intoxicated.


 COMMENT 373758P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 01:56 PM

@737 - I find it hard to believe that the victim was aimlessly wandering on the freeway without having been let out/pushed out/jumped from a vehicle first. More than one person has got to know the real story. Due to the public interest in this tragedy, I'm surprised the police have never even mentioned it.


 COMMENT 373801 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 04:11 PM

No I don't think it would be an easy one for a jury.

When driving down highway you have a"reasonable expectation" that the traffic is flowing the legal direction, people will be going the speed limit (more or less), following the laws, and that pedestrians (drunk, injured or just taking a short cut), won't be stumbling across the roadway.

Neither party in this case is blameless. It's not kind little old man vs upstanding coach of the community. They are both at fault. But a jury can't render a just verdict with half the facts suppressed.


 COMMENT 373802P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 04:15 PM

801 - as much as I agree with what you are saying, the "hit and run" charge will be a slam dunk (unless the defense can somehow prove it wasn't his car that hit the man).

He is not being charged with the killing of Mr. Chavez, just fleeing the scene of a serious accident and tampering with evidence.

But yes, I think there is MUCH more to this story that someone out there knows about but isn't fessing up. There was a reason he was staggering about in the freeway....


 COMMENT 373866 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 07:04 PM

802P - believe this, the CHP and the D.A. know much more than the public does - and that's the way it should be.


 COMMENT 373900P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 11:04 PM

I asked in a post why no one has stepped up and that the victim was the only one who knows the truth and you guys jumped all over me, accusing me of sullying the victim since he was such a wonderful person and all. I, too, feel like they are hiding something, and why does drug testing take so long? Just asking.


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