A 12-year-old boy was killed and several others injured in a November 2021 crash caused by a police officer.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Ricardo Castro has been accused of murder and vehicular manslaughter. Castro was allegedly driving his pick-up truck at an excessive speed when he crashed into a vehicle making a left turn. The collision ended up killing Isaiah Rodriguez and injuring his sister.
District Attorney George Gascón said that Castro’s “conscious disregard” for safety was what led to the tragic incident. He added that it was particularly tragic because the accident occurred in an area where school children were present.
The Los Angeles Times reported that law enforcement sources said that Castro was allegedly driving at around 90 miles per hour in a 25 mile-per-hour zone just before the crash. Castro has reportedly been involved in multiple collisions before.
Isaiah Rodriguez was pulled from the wreckage by firefighters and taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His sister and two others were also hospitalized.
Castro has not yet entered a plea, and a bail review hearing has been scheduled for February 22. The incident is still under investigation.
This case highlights the importance of safe driving practices and the severe consequences that can result from reckless behavior on the road. It is important for drivers to always be aware of their surroundings and to obey traffic laws to ensure the safety of themselves and others.