Father of 5 fatally run over by woman who thought he was killing cat in Cypress, Orange County prosecutors say

CYPRESS, California– A woman has been charged with killing a man in Cypress by ramming her car into him after accusing him of trying to run over a cat on the street, Orange County prosecutors said Wednesday.

Hannah Star Esser, 20, was charged with murder in the death of Victor Anthony Luis, 43, and was arrested on $1 million bail, Orange County prosecutors said in a statement.

Esser was driving in Cypress on Sunday night when she confronted Luis and accused him of trying to run over a cat, authorities said.

She and Luis both got out of their vehicles and got into an argument, which Esser recorded, authorities said.

Esser then returned to her car, turned, drove towards Luis and hit him, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“This action showed a complete disregard for human life,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in the statement.

Luis, father of five daughters, was expecting his first grandchild this fall. He was killed outside his home and “died in the arms of his only brother,” according to a statement issued on behalf of his family on Wednesday.

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“This senseless act of violence stole a bright light from the world that will never be forgotten,” the statement said, adding a GoFundMe campaign was founded by his sister to pay for his funeral.

Esser was arrested on Sunday and had a first court date on Tuesday, court filings show. She is due to be charged on October 13. An email message has been sent to defense attorney Michael Morrison for comment.

Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, said it was not immediately clear if a cat was actually involved. The crime is still under investigation, she said.

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