17-year-old Lamborghini driver admits to vehicular manslaughter in fatal LA car crash

first_imgMarilyn Nieves/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — A 17-year-old Lamborghini driver has admitted to vehicular manslaughter in connection with a Los Angeles car crash that killed a 32-year-old woman, prosecutors said.The teenager involved in the deadly crash admitted the petition Friday — the equivalent of a guilty plea for juvenile court — and was placed on house arrest, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said. He is expected to return to juvenile court on June 30 for a disposition setting hearing. He’ll wear an ankle monitor while he awaits sentencing, ABC Los Angeles station KABC reported.The driver of the Lamborghini, who has not been publicly identified because of his age, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter on Feb. 23, police said. The district attorney’s office filed charges on April 7 after completing the investigation.Friends and family of Monique Muñoz, the woman killed in the February crash, have held several protests calling for justice in her death.A group of protesters gathered outside Inglewood juvenile court Friday, holding posters with pictures of Muñoz and chanting, “What do we want? Justice! When do want it? Now!”“As far as justice is concerned, we want him to go to prison and understand the consequences of his doing,” Richard Cartier, Muñoz’s uncle, told reporters after the arraignment hearing.Munoz’s family had been hoping the 17-year-old would be charged as an adult.“You’re a 17-year-old kid, driving an adult car, acting like an adult, you should be tried as an adult,” Munoz’s stepfather, Isaac Cardona, told “Good Morning America” last month.“I want the person to be held accountable for his action,” Muñoz’s mother, Carol Cardona, added.“She had so much life left,” Carol Cardona said. “I miss her so much.”Muñoz, of Hawthorne, California, was driving home from work shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 17 in west Los Angeles when a black Lamborghini SUV collided with her Lexus sedan, police said. Her car was totaled. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and rendered aid, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Following the crash, LAPD West Traffic said it was a “costly reminder for everyone to slow down.” The teen was driving at a “high rate of speed” when he slammed into the Lexus, LAPD Capt. Brian Wendling told the Los Angeles Times.The father of the 17-year-old driver apologized to Muñoz’s family “for the tragic loss of their daughter.”“There are no words I can say to alleviate the pain that you are experiencing,” James Khuri, an LA entrepreneur, said in an Instagram post last month.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Southcom ‘Part of Solution’ to Drug Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2012 The U.S. Southern Command’s central mission — disrupting transnational trafficking in drugs, weapons, cash and people in Central and South America –- is too large and complex for even a U.S. combatant command to tackle alone, Southcom’s commander said on March 7 in a testimony to the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser said that in line with the president’s strategy targeting transnational organized crime, Southcom works with other U.S. government agencies and international partners’ military and law enforcement agencies to track, capture and prosecute people who have made several countries in the Americas the most violent in the world. Success in that effort rests on the command’s other primary mission of building international and interagency partnership and cooperation, the general told reporters. Southcom is “only one part of the solution” to transnational organized crime and its effects in Central and South America, Fraser noted. Both the United States and the international community are intent on the issue, he added. “We’re working to pull together all the various agencies, capabilities, and [the] international community to improve our ability to coordinate and focus our efforts to address this larger problem,” he said. While transnational organized crime is not a traditional military threat, Fraser said, the violence and corruption stemming from the global drug trade in countries south of the United States has, in many cases, destroyed law enforcement and judicial processes. Fraser said he doesn’t see either an internal or external conventional military threat in the region, but many countries are using their militaries to augment too-small or corrupt police forces. Transnational crime’s greatest impact is in Central America, he said. Honduras in 2011 led the world in per capita murders, with 86 per 100,000 people, Fraser noted. El Salvador’s murder rate is 66 per 100,000, he added, while Guatemala’s overall rate is 41 per 100,000, with higher peaks in parts of the country. Those three countries do use their military forces in crime-fighting efforts, Fraser said. He noted Honduras has committed half of its forces to the effort, and Guatemala has employed forces in 60-day sieges against high-crime areas. “[Southcom’s] efforts along those lines are to help support the militaries with training, with some equipping — to help them work with law enforcement as well as address the traffic as it enters Central America,” he added. Fraser said Southcom’s forces pursue a more conventional military mission along the region’s coastlines, where for 20 years they have spotted and monitored air- and sea-based drug movement from northern South America through the Caribbean to various destinations — most commonly, now, in Central America. Southcom still conducts training and disaster-preparedness exercises and other traditional military-to-military engagements with partner forces in the region, Fraser said, but international and U.S. efforts are mostly aimed at disrupting drug trade. For example, Operation “Martillo”, or Hammer, is focused on air and maritime surveillance of the Caribbean and eastern Pacific using Southcom assets including Navy and Coast Guard ships and Navy, Air Force and U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircraft, Fraser noted. Operation Hammer has in 45 days netted 3.5 metric tons of cocaine and 10 smuggling vessels, but the effort’s overall aim is to use persistent surveillance to force traffickers to move their shipping routes into international waters, the general said.last_img read more

Centre takes to the stage

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