“Tragic Death of Anna Solis in Illegal Street Race: Murder Charges Filed Against Drivers”

The district attorney’s office has filed murder charges against two drivers involved in an illegal street race that resulted in the death of 20-year-old Anna Solis. Solis was hit by a car while crossing the street and both drivers fled the scene. The drivers have been identified as Javorrie Murphy and Devin Wagner and they have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Solis was a talented musician and a student at Pasadena City College. Sixteen people died in street-racing-related accidents last year in Los Angeles. Cari Spencer reported

After participating in a live music performance with her band, Anna Solis, a 20-year-old musician, tragically lost her life while attempting to cross a street near the University of Southern California to meet her boyfriend. Carrying her guitar and amp, she was struck and killed by a vehicle engaged in an illegal street race. The two drivers involved in this race have now been charged with murder, with one of them facing an additional felony hit-and-run charge for failing to stop after the collision.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the incident occurred around 10:20 p.m. on July 21 at the intersection of Hill Street and 33rd Street in South Los Angeles. At the time, a black Jaguar and a black Dodge Challenger were racing each other. The Jaguar, traveling at an estimated speed of at least double the 35-mph limit, struck Solis as she crossed the unmarked crosswalk. Shockingly, neither driver stopped to assist her, instead fleeing the scene heading northbound on Hill Street.

The driver of the Jaguar, identified as Javorrie Murphy from Palmdale, and the driver of the Dodge Challenger, identified as Devin Wagner from Los Angeles, were both apprehended on suspicion of murder last week. They are currently being held on a $2 million bail. The district attorney’s office subsequently filed murder charges against both drivers, and Murphy also faces a felony hit-and-run charge.

Solis, a talented singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who played the trumpet and violin, was known for her musical abilities. She was a student at Pasadena City College and had previously graduated from Montebello High School in 2020. Solis’s boyfriend, Alberto Lopez, has initiated a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for her funeral expenses, describing her as a beautiful soul with a deep passion for music and the Los Angeles music scene.

This tragic incident sheds light on the dangers of street racing, as highlighted by LAPD Deputy Chief Donald Graham, who informed the civilian Police Commission in June that 16 individuals lost their lives in street-racing-related accidents last year..