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Arrest Made in Fatal Highway Hit-and-Run

78-Year-Old Murrieta Man Held on $1 Million Bail; More Arrests Expected


Monday, January 28, 2013
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Authorities have arrested a 78-year-old Murrieta man in connection with a fatal Highway 101 hit-and-run collision that killed 22-year-old Simon Chavez.

Chavez, according to the CHP, was staggering along the southbound lanes of Highway 101 between Ortega and Castillo streets around 1 a.m. the morning of January 15 when he was hit. Chavez was dead when authorities arrived, and the driver of the vehicle that struck him had left the scene.

Authorities were able to collect evidence from the scene which indicated the vehicle was a white Hyundai that likely had damage to its front and driver’s side. On January 24, investigators served a search warrant at a Murrieta address, locating a white 2011 Hyundai Tucson. Two days later, on Saturday, Lau Van Huynh was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on $1 million bail.

Authorities said they have not determined whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in the incident, but said more information would be made available this week. A press release from the CHP also said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

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Who is willing to bet that he was not the driver on the day of this incident?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
January 28, 2013 at 2:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Note the report says the young man killed was "staggering ALONG the Southbound lanes of Highway 101", not IN the lanes.
Now how about that taxi driver who dumped him off on the freeway?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 28, 2013 at 2:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Really Dumb Question-Am I the only person that DOES NOT KNOW why Chavez was staggering along the freeway at 1.00am? And no, I am not blaming the victim; I just want to understand the whole story...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
January 29, 2013 at 6:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Along the southbound lanes" and yet it was the left side of the vehicle that was damaged. That suggests he was in the center section, perhaps trying to cross the freeway?

at_large (anonymous profile)
January 29, 2013 at 7:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If he had stopped like he should have, he would probably not have been detained unless he was impaired.

Botany (anonymous profile)
January 29, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@Italiansurg

An unidentified taxi dropped him off on the freeway according to the reports.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 29, 2013 at 1:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@Ken_Volok
According to which reports? I'd be curious to read them.

RonPowers (anonymous profile)
January 29, 2013 at 9:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here and EdHat.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 29, 2013 at 9:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, if it's on Edhat it must be true, right...?

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
January 30, 2013 at 1:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Let me think, staggering on the freeway at 1:00 am in the morning. Obviously Chavez was intoxicated, and likely to be hit, but what is weird is why the driver didn't stop and call the police. He would not now be held on $1 million bail.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
January 30, 2013 at 6:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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