A SoCal teen made the hare-brained decision to, according to an eyewitness, flee an alleged hit-and-run and when blocked in, ran again.
Update: 1/8/2021– According to Riverside’s Publicly accessible court records, the latest update on Sebach’s case happened on Dec 30, 2020. The action text reads, “CORRESPONDENCE FROM SHEER RECOVERY LLC RESUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM RECEIVED.” This sounds a lot like Sebach went through said Substance Abuse Program issued during her arraignment.
In addition, a search on Riverside’s Publicly accessible court records shows Sebach was formerly charged with a violation of the California Vehicle Code 20002 (a), filed on on Apr 2,2020
Update: Jan 1, 2020- Riverside police confirmed to me details regarding this incident, “The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Riley Ann Sebach. She was contacted, cited, and released on October 31, 2019, with a court date of 12/18/19.”
Update: Oct 28, 2019- A resident near the area spotted the infamous Hyundai towed away on a flatbed trailer, probably to a repair shop.
Update: Oct. 27,2019- The Flyer posted up a submitted photo of the on-site vacuum damaged driving away. According to J.E. Adams and Kleen Rite, these units cost around $1,300 and go up from there.
Lake Elsinore’s Mayor says no hit-and-run suspect has come forward at this time and no formal charges filed. Riverside police know who the suspect in the video is and are working on this case.
Update Oct 25, 2019 : One local noticed a car matching the car in the viral video parked outside lives.That photo’s been making the rounds. Another Temecula resident claims to have seen someone who looked like the alleged hit-and-run suspect outside an AM/PM near Railroad Canyon. Comments source here.
No word if police will charge the suspect with a misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 and maximum six months’ jail time but we’ve learned they are attempting to find the hit-and-run victims
You wouldn’t think it was possible to make so many poor decisions in 90 seconds, but this Lake Elsinore teen in her clapped out Hyundai Sonata somehow does. Video showing the confrontation between a Dodge Journey driver, now identified as Justin Thompson, and an alleged hit-and-run suspect’s successful attempt at fleeing is going viral.
Check out the wild video thanks to Laura Harper’s submission to Canyon Hills of Lake Elsinore below.
Also, NBC Los Angeles caught up with the driver of that Dodge Journey with their video embedded after the Facebook video.
In the video above, we’re presented with an alleged case of hit and run. When Thompson starts filming, emotions are already at their peak.
According to Thompson, he witnessed this Hyundai Sonata hit a handful of cars and tried to help the hit-and-run victims by following the alleged suspect to the Chevron station, keeping her there until authorities arrived.
This teen, in a “fight-orflight” panic, bargains with Justin to let her go, pleading how he doesn’t understand and mentions how “you don’t understand how mean my Grandma is!”
After stuffing the front end of her Hyundai Sonata in the back seats, she hops the curb in reverse, almost hits Justin filming, and drives off.
The last thing she wants on her record is two points, a giant fine and a suspended license. If convicted, hit and runs with property damage and no injuries are misdemeanors in California, so there’s also a possibility for jail time.
According to Thompson in NBC’s coverage,
“She does a hit and run, who knows if those people were hurt, she takes off trying to do 90 MPH, there’s kids, there’s other people, and it’s just like it’s not…she needs to be held accountable for that.“
It’s cliche to say, but driving is a privilege, not a right and comes with serious responsibility.
Most people take driving seriously after their first traffic violation. After a huge fine and increased insurance rates, it’s worth paying attention behind the road.
Others, like this girl, never seem to learn.
If you get into an accident and you’re at fault, don’t just drive away. It might seem like a good idea to run off, but you’re just making it worse for yourself.
Also, if you witness a hit and run, think twice before attempting a citizen’s arrest. Instead, take any pertinent information down and report it to local police as soon as possible. As this case shows, not only did Thompson fail to block her in, he escalated an already emotional situation.
And if you made it this far and are wondering, those wheels she’s rocking on her Sonata are JNC034’s A.K.A. garbage tier wheels made in China. Oh, poor decisions were made alright.