SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have charged a California woman with killing a man by ramming her car into him after accusing him of trying to run over a cat in the street.
Hannah Star Esser, 20, was charged with one count of murder in the death of 43-year-old Luis Anthony Victor and detained on $1 million bail, the Orange County District Attorney’s office said in a statement Wednesday.
Authorities said Esser was driving in the Orange County community of Cypress Sunday night when she confronted Victor and accused him of trying to run over a cat.
She and Victor both got out of their vehicles and got into an argument that Esser recorded, authorities said.
Esser then returned to her car, turned around and drove toward Victor and hit him, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This action showed a complete disregard for human life,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in the statement.
Esser was arrested Sunday and had an initial court appearance Tuesday, court records show. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 13.
Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said it was not immediately clear whether a cat was involved. The incident is still being investigated, she said.
An email message was sent to defense attorney Michael Morrison.