It appears Los Angeles’s soft-on-crime policies have led to more lives lost after a known gang member — who, with three prior felony convictions, was out on probation in connection with a murder case — allegedly plowed into an Uber car going 100mph, killing two sisters and their friend.
At 5:25 a.m. on Saturday, Gregory Black, 31, is accused of running a red light and speeding into the intersection of South Vermont Avenue and West Century Boulevard in Westmont, Los Angeles.
Behind the wheel of a white Mercedes-Benz, Black allegedly T-boned an Uber, spinning the black Honda around five times and killing three of its passengers, sisters, Veronica Amezola, 23, and Kimberly Izquierdo, 27, and their childhood friend, Juvelyn Arroyo, 23, according to DailyMail.com.
Los Angeles Police Detective Ryan Moreno revealed that one of the women was thrown from the car during the crash.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “The front seat passenger, Jesus Lopez, had injuries to his left leg, chest and arms. The Uber driver, Michelle Lee, had a fractured neck and ribs and massive head trauma. They were both hospitalized and are recovering from their injuries.”
Black, whose rap sheet includes 11 felony charges and three convictions in addition to four misdemeanor charges with one conviction, received a fractured left ankle and other injuries in the crash and was also hospitalized.
The site of the collision “looked like a bomb went off,” Moreno said.
“It’s obvious when you see these videos that it’s vehicular homicide all the way,” Moreno said. “You got an individual driving at speeds upwards of 100 mph in 35 mph streets, blowing red lights and ultimately basically playing roulette and hitting a car, T-boning a car and killing people.”
“We are heartbroken, and our thoughts are with the families of those involved in this devastating crash,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement obtained by DailyMail.com. “We hope the driver and rider who survived recover swiftly.”
Black is currently being held in custody on $4 million bail, according to DailyMail.com. He now faces vehicular manslaughter charges and up to 75 years to life in prison.
The tragic deaths once again call into question the policies of Los Angeles’s progressive district attorney George Gascon, whose soft-on-crime approach to law enforcement allowed for Black to be out on the streets, despite his lengthy record.
Gascon vowed “to abolish bail bonds on his first day in office in December 2020, pledging the release of hundreds of people from LA County jails,” DailyMail.com reminds readers.
In addition to ending the “racist” death penalty and refusing to prosecute minors as adults, the woke D.A. “estimated some 20,000 state prison inmates would be considered for early release,” according to the outlet, “but his reforms have infuriated staff, leading to at least 140 unfilled roles and a backlog of 10,000 cases.”
“Please consider sharing to help us honor the memory of my sweet cousin Juvelyn Arroyo,” wrote Jessica Leighty. “Your contributions will help alleviate the financial burden that accompanies such an unexpected loss and provide comfort to our family.”
“Kimberly and Vero were both bright and full of life, with so much more life to live and gave so much love through their kindness, intelligence, compassion, and joy,” wrote Ana Garcia.
“Kimberly had just graduated from nursing school and was achieving her goals of moving up in the medical field. She is an intelligent and dedicated student and was also involved in her dance team during her time at Cal State Dominguez Hills,” Garcia continued. “Veronica was a bright student who graduated from Cal Poly Humboldt. She spent her time doing field research amongst the Redwoods and was interested in environmental science. She recently got a job with the County of Orange working with animals and was looking forward to the start of a bright future.”
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