LOS ANGELES – Why would a man who led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit and severely injured an innocent driver who later died be released without bail on his own recognizance?
Twenty-year-old Victor Duartemacias was supposed to be in Compton court on Monday morning. He never showed up, and his attorney told the court he couldn’t communicate with Duartemacias in two days.
The pursuit happened on November 24, 2023. LA County Sheriff’s deputies were pursuing Duartemacias for a reported stolen vehicle.
The chase ended at the intersection of Artesia Blvd and Long Beach Boulevard when Duartemacias collided with a white truck driven by Pedro Barrera. The impact was so strong it severed the 56-year-old man’s left arm.