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Victim ID'd in fatal hit-and-run at Rancho San Antonio

Santa Clara County Sheriff's office: Driver arrested on suspicion of murder, other felonies

Santa Clara County Sheriff's office identified the victim in Tuesday's fatal hit-and-run at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve as 77-year-old Sunnyvale resident Lawrence Lupash.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the driver accused of striking two pedestrians at Rancho San Antonio Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, on suspicion of murder. Lupash died shortly after the collision.

The driver, whom the Sheriff's office identified Wednesday afternoon as Mireya Orta, 50, reportedly hit two people at 22500 Cristo Rey Drive in Cupertino, the location of the parking lots at the open space preserve, around 12:52 p.m. and then drove away from the scene, according to a statement released by the sheriff's office.

Lupash was pronounced dead less than an hour after the collision. The second pedestrian reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene.

Deputies located and detained Orta 13 minutes after the collision, and she was taken to a local hospital for "precautionary measures" before being taken to Santa Clara County Main Jail, according to the statement.

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Deputies arrested Orta on suspicion of murder and "other felonies," according to the statement.

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office at 408-808-4500. Anonymous tips can be submitted at 408-808-4431.

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Victim ID'd in fatal hit-and-run at Rancho San Antonio

Santa Clara County Sheriff's office: Driver arrested on suspicion of murder, other felonies

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Tue, Oct 1, 2019, 3:25 pm
Updated: Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 2:26 pm

Santa Clara County Sheriff's office identified the victim in Tuesday's fatal hit-and-run at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve as 77-year-old Sunnyvale resident Lawrence Lupash.

Sheriff's deputies arrested the driver accused of striking two pedestrians at Rancho San Antonio Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, on suspicion of murder. Lupash died shortly after the collision.

The driver, whom the Sheriff's office identified Wednesday afternoon as Mireya Orta, 50, reportedly hit two people at 22500 Cristo Rey Drive in Cupertino, the location of the parking lots at the open space preserve, around 12:52 p.m. and then drove away from the scene, according to a statement released by the sheriff's office.

Lupash was pronounced dead less than an hour after the collision. The second pedestrian reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene.

Deputies located and detained Orta 13 minutes after the collision, and she was taken to a local hospital for "precautionary measures" before being taken to Santa Clara County Main Jail, according to the statement.

Deputies arrested Orta on suspicion of murder and "other felonies," according to the statement.

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office at 408-808-4500. Anonymous tips can be submitted at 408-808-4431.

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Sad
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm
Sad, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2019 at 5:12 pm

I'm so sorry for the victims and their families. How awful.

I'm sure details are foggy this early in, but the photos and videos I've seen of the cops surrounding the car show it at the entrance of Rancho. If the peds were hit at the entrance and the car left, but was was stopped by the police at the entrance, it doesn't make sense. Things will most likely become more clear once they release more details.

Thank you, SCCo Sheriffs Dept for getting the driver!!!


Fair
Rengstorff Park
on Oct 2, 2019 at 9:05 am
Fair, Rengstorff Park
on Oct 2, 2019 at 9:05 am

And another train stricking pedestrian on Tuesday at Caltrain Station in Mt. View which MV-Voice has not reported. Why?

Web Link


Because you're impatient, that's why
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2019 at 9:32 am
Because you're impatient, that's why, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2019 at 9:32 am

Jeeze, some people.
It's a small paper, not staffed 24/7 for updates.
Anyway, here 9:08am:
Web Link


Reader
another community
on Oct 2, 2019 at 9:56 am
Reader, another community
on Oct 2, 2019 at 9:56 am

Murder? So they think it was intentional. Did the woman know the people she ran over?


Gotta wait
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2019 at 10:08 am
Gotta wait, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2019 at 10:08 am

Statements so far say that the victims had no association with the driver.

The actual reason for the drivers action could be any number of things: mental illness, distraught person lashing out at society, racial or political motivation, maybe someone just "snapping" with no warning signs, or maybe the initial reports were wrong and an association is discovered.

There are an infinite number of reasons we can all speculate on but until there is more info speculating is worthless. It's simply stuff people imagine in their minds.


More info
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2019 at 10:56 am
More info, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2019 at 10:56 am

It's now being reported that the driver was a woman of Portuguese decent in her 50's.


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