A California woman has been charged with killing a man by ramming him with her car after accusing him of trying to run over a cat in the street, authorities said Wednesday. Hannah Star Esser, 20, was charged with murder in the death of Luis Anthony Victor, 43, and is being held on $1 million bond, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Esser was driving in Cypress Township Sunday night when she confronted Victor, accusing him of trying to run over a cat, authorities said. She and Victor got out of their vehicles and had an argument, which Esser recorded, authorities said.
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Esser then returned to her car, turned around, approached Victor and punched 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.
Esser was arrested on Sunday and made his first appearance in court on Tuesday, according to court documents. A citation is expected by October 13. Defense attorney Michael Morrison was emailed for comment. Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, said it wasn’t immediately clear if a cat was actually involved. The crime is still under investigation, she said.