The motorcyclist felt like he was purposely hit and was “being hunted down.”
We have some good news out of Corona, California regarding that crazy Honda Odyssey driver spotted pushing a bike on the 15 Freeway. According to KCal9 earlier yesterday (June 20,2020), it looks like the offending driver, identified as 25-year-old George Valentin, turned himself in to California Patrol, admitting that it was him on that viral video.
Check out KCal9’s exclusive below.
In their report we learn a lot of additional information on the accident and the aftermath. The motorcyclist is Riverside resident Chain Arunritthirot, a hardworking family man and a UPS employee according to his social media profile.
A lot of people thought this motorcyclist aggravated the Honda Odyssey owner somehow, but that couldn’t be further from the case. Travelling along at or just above the speed limit, around 70 MPH, Chain was hit from behind and flew, tumbling about 200 feet from where he was hit.
“I was like oh this guy did try to kill me!” Arunritthirot said in an exclusive interview with CBS2/KCAL9. “I feel like it was intentional, like he hunted me down.”
As mentioned in our previous report, Chain survived with cuts and bruises and describes his injuries as just “pains to his arms and legs” but according to KCal 9’s update, it was much worse.
“He’s quite emotional, he has road rash all over his body and pain so bad in his hands he said he was screaming in the hospital.“
KCal9 says that the suspect George Valentin is in custody and a quick search on Riverside’s Jail Information System confirms this. George is in custody at the Robert Presely Detention Center with a scheduled court date at the Riverside Hall of Justice on June 24.
George is charged with one count of Felony Hit and Run resulting in a personal injury and one Misdemeanor for obstruction of arrest by a public officer. George’s bail is set at $75,000.
Something has to be said for someone recording and submitting video evidence. Without this video evidence and this collision going viral, this might’ve turned into an unsolved hit-and-run with no leads.
Thankfully, the original witnesses had the presence of mind to record.
Police are still investigating additional details and encourages any other witnesses to call and speak up at 951-637-8000.