Posted on June 7, 2022

Victim of Hit-And-Run in Venice Outraged Over Juvenile Suspect’s Sentence

CBSLA, June 3, 2022

A mother who was the victim of a hit and run in Venice, an incident that also struck her infant child who was in a carriage, has expressed outrage over the sentencing of the juvenile suspect.

Security cameras caught the stunning crash last year in August when the mother and her child were struck.

The driver, a 16-year-old at the time, was sentenced Friday to a youth camp for five to seven months and the victim is furious for what she sees as a light sentence, saying she feels like a victim all over again and blasted District Attorney George Gascón.

In a new victim impact statement, the mother said she thought her 8-month-old was killed at first.

“I thought those were the last moments of our lives, we were dead. That feeling, along with the memory of a car accelerating directly into us will haunt me forever,” her statement said. “I have never been more surprised or disappointed and, in fact, I have never felt so victimized as I have by the system and current policies of LA’s DA, George Gascón.”

The DA’s office, however, was standing by the decision, saying it was made based on the facts and the law {snip}