North Long Beach community rallies against bar after crash kills father and daughter – Reuters
Since then, the North Long Beach community in the Hamilton neighborhood has rallied in support of Palacios’ wife, Esnelia, and their son Salvador, including protesting against bar police who claimed the van driver, Octavio Montano Islas, was seen driving off last week before crashing into the family’s apartment at high speed. Islas reportedly fled the scene and police have since issued a warrant for his arrest.
On Saturday afternoon, more than 75 people gathered at the 6600 block of Rose Avenue to make a statement against Bottoms Up Tavern, which is less than 250 feet from the Palacios house. A vigil in remembrance of Samantha and Jose now stands where the van crashed – the hole in the wall from the impact is still covered with plywood.
During the rally, people held signs reading “Board it up”, “Remember their names” and “We want justice”.
Renette Mazza, president of the Hamilton Neighborhood Association and organizer of the event, said the purpose of the rally was to emphasize to the city that it no longer wants the bar in its community, calling it a ‘threat’ to the area. .
“We are done with death and destruction in our neighborhood,” Mazza said.
Among those present was Assemblyman Mike Gipson, who said he would return to Sacramento to ensure the state Department of Liquor Control launches investigation to revoke Bottoms Up Tavern’s business licenses. Ahead of the rally, the ABC launched an investigation to find out what happened the night of March 1.
Gipson told the crowd that he lost a son to a hit-and-run.
“We remember him every birthday, every Christmas, every holiday, he’s missing a seat at the table,” Gipson said. “There must be some responsibility. This guy was drunk.
“No he wasn’t,” a Bottoms Up Tavern patron said in response from across the street.
The crowd chants “shut it up”, in reference to the bar across the street. People here say they just want justice for the crash victims, blaming the bar for the ‘destruction’ in their neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/ALdWzfC0LR
— Fernando Haro (@FernandoAHaro) March 12, 2022
Bar owner Suzanne Blevins said in a previous statement that footage she showed police that night did not show Islas at her bar at all. But she later discovered footage from a different angle that shows Islas leaving the bar, getting into his truck on Artesia Boulevard, then making a choppy left turn onto Rose Avenue before crashing into the Palacios’ house at high speed. . Blevins was not immediately available for comment.
After the crash, police said Islas fled the scene on foot. Police have since issued an arrest warrant for him.
Councilman and mayoral candidate Rex Richardson, who called on local and state agencies to review the bar after the crash, reaffirmed his stance at the rally saying the community will ensure all those responsible are held accountable. responsible.
“This tragedy has shaken us all,” Richardson said. “It was incredibly heartbreaking and no community should have to deal with that.”
At the city council’s next meeting on Tuesday, Richardson said he and other city council members would ask the city to partner with Los Angeles County to establish a $25,000 reward for information leading to the incident. Arrest of Islas.
Arrest warrant issued for man suspected of crashing into apartment, killing 3-year-old girl and her father