Furious at what she believed was attempted cat murder, a 20-year-old woman ran over a man with her Honda Civic in Cypress, according to prosecutors.
On Tuesday, Orange County prosecutors charged Hannah Star Esser with the murder of Luis Anthony Victor, 43.
Esser was driving near Oak Knoll Park Sunday night, according to prosecutors, when she believed she saw a man attempting to run over a cat with an SUV.
According to prosecutors, she confronted the man and filmed her tirade with profanity on her cellphone.
During the argument at Block 9700 of Graham Street at around 8:30 p.m., both Esser and the man, identified by prosecutors as Victor, got out of their cars.
Esser got back in her car, made a three-point turn and drove towards Victor.
She then “reversed, accelerated, and headed straight for Victor,” prosecutors said in a release.
She hit Victor with the right front of her car, throwing him onto the hood and windshield before he rolled over several times and landed on the street, according to prosecutors. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cypress police arrested Esser later that night.
Prosecutors are looking at surveillance video from nearby apartment buildings, as well as Esser’s cellphone video.
Esser faces a maximum life sentence of 25 years if convicted. Prosecutors believe she didn’t know Victor.
“This action showed a complete disregard for human life,” Orange County Dist said. atty Todd Spitzer said in the press release, calling the crime “a random act of violence against a stranger.”
Esser is in jail on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be charged on October 13.
What happened to the cat is unclear.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-28/man-killed-in-cypress-after-woman-ran-him-over-in-a-dispute-over-a-cat Woman charged with murder after allegedly running over a man she thought was killing a cat