A 20-year-old motorist faces a hit-and-run and murder charges in connection with a weekend wreck in Perris that Riverside County sheriff’s investigators say was intentional and stemmed from a month-long dispute.
Victor Hugo Estrada was booked at 1:44 a.m. Thursday into Southwest Detention Center on $1 million bail. Soon after the accident, Estrada had been arrested – but was released on $50,000 bail – for suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, jail records show.
The fatal accident happened at 10:13 p.m. Sunday at Nuevo Road and Ruby Drive, a couple of blocks east of Perris Plaza in Perris. Killed was 24-year-old Eddie Parga, whose black Honda slammed into a utility pole while he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, investigators say.
The reason for the month-long dispute hasn’t been disclosed.
But on the fatal night, Parga was assaulted by 26-year-old Frank Martinez at a convenience store along Nuevo Road, Sgt. Scott Brown said in a written statement. Praga drove away, but was followed by Martinez in a green Monte Carlo driven by Estrada, according to the statement.
“There was a minor collision between Parga and Estrada on Nuevo,” Brown wrote. “Parga fled eastbound on Nuevo at over 70 mph when he was struck from behind by Estrada, who was accelerating his vehicle at about 80 mph. The second collision caused Parga to … strike the signal light.”
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