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Los Angeles driver was charged with fatally mowing down a man whom she accused of trying to run over a cat

Authorities announced Wednesday that a California driver was charged with fatally striking a man whom she accused of attempting to run over a cat.

Hannah Star Esser, 20, was charged with murder and is being held on $1 million bond in connection with an incident that occurred on September 25 in Cypress, a Southern California suburb located southeast of Los Angeles, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

According to prosecutors, Esser challenged 43-year-old Luis Anthony Victor because she suspected he was attempting to hit a cat with his vehicle.

According to the statement, Esser exited her vehicle and videotaped a profanity-laced tirade against Victor, who also exited his vehicle.

According to the statement, Esser drove momentarily before making a U-turn. She allegedly accelerated right into Victor, slamming him into the hood and windshield and repeatedly flipping him over.

According to the statement, Victor, who landed in the roadway, was pronounced dead at the site.

In a statement, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer referred to the murder as a “random act of violence committed against a stranger.”

The attorney for Esser did not reply quickly to a request for comment.

She will be arraigned on October 13 and faces 25 years to life in prison.

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