LA Mother Who Was Hit-and-Run Victim Voted for DA Gascon but Now Supports His Recall


A Los Angeles mother who was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking her baby last summer said she now supports recalling LA District Attorney George Gascon despite voting for him in 2020.

Video of the horrific incident recently began circulating online along with the news that the 17-year-old perpetrator, who was 16 at the time of the incident, was sentenced Friday to five months in a juvenile camp.

The hit-and-run driver knocked the mother off her feet and smashed into her baby’s stroller. A good Samaritan rammed his truck into the driver to keep him from fleeing the scene.

WARNING: Some viewers will find the following video disturbing.

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Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin spoke with the victim.

“She is a Democrat who voted for LA DA George Gascon. Now, she wants him recalled following his office’s handling of this case, and she is outraged about the light sentence,” Melugin tweeted Tuesday.

Rachel, who asked to only be identified by her first name, appeared the same day on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to share more about her experience.

She said the driver “absolutely” struck her and her then-8-month-old son on purpose.

Should the driver have received a harsher sentence?

“I made eye contact with him as he was approaching us. I screamed for him to stop,” Rachel said.

She noted the teenager had a felony record and was on probation when the incident happened.

Carlson asked Rachel what message she felt the light sentence given to the perpetrator sent.

“It sends messages to criminals that it’s OK to do bad things because we’re not going to punish you, we’re going to punish the victims instead,” Rachel responded.

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“I’m just beside myself with the comments that [Gascon] has come out with on Twitter, citing that California law says that the punishment is fair, when in fact it’s his policies that he put into place that prevent us from getting appropriate justice,” she added.

Rachel explained why she had cast her ballot for Gascon in 2020.

“I voted for this guy because I believe that our prisons do need some reform, but rewarding criminals, violent criminals, for their actions is very far from any kind of reformation that anybody would think is appropriate,” she said.

In a series of Monday tweets, Gascon defended his office’s actions in Rachel’s case.

LA prosecutors “charged the minor with the most serious offenses possible under the law: two counts of felony assault & one count of felony leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury without exchanging information. The minor pleaded guilty,” Gascon wrote.

He rejected the notion that the minor could have been charged with attempted murder.

“To charge that offense, our office would have to be able to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, the minor specifically intended to kill the victims. There was no evidence of that,” he wrote.

Gascon further related that the light sentence had nothing to do with his criminal reform policies.

“The truth is our office simply followed California law,” he tweeted.

A group seeking to recall Gascon responded, “Stop lying to the public: (1) Intent to kill can be shown w/ circumstantial evidence (swerving the car directly at the victims), (2) Assault w/ deadly weapon should have been charged, but your policy forbade that, (3) you ensured a light sentence by not charging w/ said offenses.”

The recall campaign said in a news release last week that it has gathered over 500,000 signatures of the approximately 567,000 needed to qualify for the ballot.

On Tuesday, residents of San Francisco voted overwhelmingly to recall progressive Distinct Attorney Chesa Boudin, who like Gascon has followed what critics characterize as a soft-on-crime approach.

Both Los Angeles and San Francisco have seen significant spikes in violent crime and theft under the “reform” policies instituted by Gascon and Boudin.

A version of this article originally appeared on Patriot Project.

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