– Arraignment for a 19-year-old man
charged with murder in the street racing death of an 18-year-old
victim was put off until tomorrow in Whittier Superior Court, the
District Attorney’s office announced today.
were filed late yesterday against Jose Guadalupe Morales (dob
1-14-83), who was arrested on Monday and remains in custody on $1
million bail. He is charged in case No. VA 073223 with one count each
of murder, vehicular manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon by
means likely to produce great bodily injury, with an allegation that a
second victim who lived suffered great bodily injury. He also is
charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
charges stem from the Sept. 23 death of Raymond Lara, who authorities
said was driving one of the two cars traveling side-by-side along
Norwalk Boulevard near Whittier Boulevard. Authorities said both cars
were moving at more than 100 mph in the 35 mph residential zone in
was killed when his car crashed head-on into a sports utility vehicle
driven by a 37-year-old woman, authorities said. She was hospitalized
with head injuries and broken bones. Her husband, who was riding in
the vehicle, also was injured, but was not hospitalized.
driver of the other speeding car fled, authorities said. His car was
not involved in the crash. The case was investigated by the California
Highway Patrol’s illegal street racing task force in Santa Fe
who like Lara was a recent graduate of Pioneer High School in
Whittier, gave a Fontana address when arrested by CHP officers on
Sunday. Authorities said the fatal crash occurred during a second
street race that day between the defendant and the victim, who both
were driving Mustangs.
case was filed as a second-degree murder, meaning that if convicted,
Morales faces a possible maximum state prison term of life with the
possibility of parole.
which had been scheduled for today, was postponed until tomorrow in
Division 1 of Whittier Superior Court. Deputy District Attorney Sean
Coen was assigned to prosecute the case.