Charges filed in hit and run death of Motorcyclist

order arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>Criminal charges were against Victor Antonio Giovani Martinez (DOB 07/22/92) of Santa Paula, in connection with a vehicular manslaughter that occurred on July 22, 2016. 

Martinez was driving a red sedan westbound on California State Route 126 when he struck a vehicle and failed to stop following the collision. He was later located by a marked patrol vehicle exiting the highway at Kimball Road. When the officer attempted a traffic stop, Martinez accelerated through a red light colliding with a motorcycle, killing the driver. Martinez failed to stop after the collision and continued to evade officers by driving away from the scene and eventually jumping out of the moving vehicle. He was later apprehended and taken into custody.

The complaint charges the defendant with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter, one felony count of fleeing the scene of an accident involving death, one felony count of evading an officer causing death, one felony count of carrying a loaded, unregistered, firearm in a vehicle, and one count of hit and run.  Special allegations have been filed alleging that Martinez committed these crimes while released on bond in a pending criminal case and a special allegation that he fled the scene of a crime. 

The defendant faces a maximum prison term of 16 years. 

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Ventura County Hall of Justice

Earlier Press Release: https://citizensjournal.us/ventura-pd-pursue-suspect-driving-recklessly-motorcyclist-struck-and-killed/

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2 Responses to Charges filed in hit and run death of Motorcyclist

  1. William "Bill" Hicks July 27, 2016 at 8:13 am

    RICHARD – The difference is between vehicular manslaughter and murder.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I agree with you that this is more than vehicular manslaughter. The recklessness of his actions should have made the charges higher than vehicular manslaughter. But not to the level of first degree murder, that could demand the death sentence. A 30 year sentence might be an appropriate sentence.

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  2. richard July 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    why is it max 16 years? he was evading police and killed an 80 year old inocentman…it really should be death row for him

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