It was around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2011 and Luis Armandon Molina was driving his SUV, with his entire family in the car, when he spotted what he thought was his motorcycle in the back of a pickup truck. Believing that someone had stolen his bike, Molina gave chase until he lost control and flipped the SUV. His six-year-old daughter, Xitali, was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead in the emergency room.
I understand how important a man’s bike is. I also understand the urge to deliver justice on someone you feel has wronged you. But if ever there was an instance where using a cell phone while driving is justified, this is it. All he had to do was dial 911 and give the dispatcher the license number. Had he done that, then his daughter would be alive.
And what if this situation had played out differently and he’d actually caught up with the truck? What would he have done with his wife and small children in the car?
Sadly, this isn’t Molina’s first run-in with the law. In fact, he has five convictions for driving with a suspended license as well as previous arrests for reckless driving. So, perhaps it’s not surprising that he chose to engage in a high-speed chase with his family in the car.
Luckly, the rest of the family survived the accident. Molina’s wife, Maria, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a Bay Area trauma center. Luis Molina and the other three children in the car escaped with minor injuries. No other vehicles were damaged and no one else was injured in the crash.
The pickup truck fled the scene and officers are still searching for the vehicle.
Metier Law Firm – Denver Accident Attorney