On January 5, three unnamed people were walking outside Disneyland Resort, AKA “The Happiest Place on Earth”. They were crossing the street when a car came barreling down the road. The car did not stop and struck the three pedestrians, injuring all of them. The car did not stop after hitting them and simply continued on its way.
Sadly, that is not where the devastation ended. Shortly after, 75-year-old Judith Stanford was struck by the same car. Only, this time, the car did not simply injure Judith. Her injuries were so severe that she ended up dying.
As if the story wasn’t sad enough, to make things worse, as with the first three pedestrians, the car did not stop after hitting Judith. The car drove off, leaving her lying in the road near Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the accidents that killed Ms. Stanford and injured the other three were not the only accidents the car was in that night. Police shared that the same car — a tan or gold Toyota sedan — was also believed to be involved in an accident with an Orange County Transit Authority bus. The car allegedly hit the bus in between hitting Ms. Stanford and the pedestrians.
Thankfully, that driver has now been caught and will be held responsible for the devastation he caused near the Anaheim Convention Center. According to The Orange County Register, Anaheim police have arrested 54-year-old Kien Do:
Nearly two weeks after the crash, authorities identified the suspected driver as Kien Do, a Santa Ana resident, McClintock said. Do was arrested in Stanton on Wednesday, Jan 17, on suspicion of vehicle manslaughter with gross negligence, assault with a deadly weapon and hit and run with injury.
Due to the serious nature of the charges against him, Do was not offered bail and must remain behind bars.
Police have been unable to determine if Ms. Stanford and the three other pedestrians were walking in designated crosswalks near the theme park at the time of the accidents. The investigation is still ongoing and police are asking anyone with information to please call the Anaheim Police Department at 714-765-1900. They can also reach out to the Orange County Crime Stoppers. The Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.