A 20-year-old musician, Anna Solis, was killed in a hit-and-run incident while crossing a street in South Los Angeles. The drivers involved in the illegal street race that caused her death have now been charged with murder. The two drivers, Javorrie Murphy and Devin Wagner, fled the scene after hitting Solis. Solis was a talented musician and a student at Pasadena City College. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for her funeral expenses. Street racing-related accidents have claimed the lives of 16 people in Los Angeles last year. Cari Spencer reported
After participating in a live music performance with her band, Anna Solis, a 20-year-old individual, set out to cross a street near the University of Southern California (USC) to meet her boyfriend. Tragically, she never reached her destination. While crossing the street with her guitar and amp, she was struck by a vehicle involved in an illicit street race, resulting in her instantaneous death, as confirmed by the police. The district attorney’s office has now pressed murder charges against the two drivers allegedly engaged in the race, with one of them facing an additional felony hit-and-run charge for failing to stop after hitting Solis.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m. on July 21 in South Los Angeles, specifically at the intersection of Hill Street and 33rd Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. At that precise moment, a black Jaguar and a black Dodge Challenger were engaged in a high-speed race. The Jaguar, traveling at a speed at least twice the legal limit of 35 mph, careened towards Solis, striking her. Shockingly, neither of the drivers involved took the responsibility to check on Solis after the collision. Instead, they fled the scene, heading northbound on Hill Street.
The driver of the Jaguar has been identified as Javorrie Murphy, a resident of Palmdale, while the driver of the Dodge Challenger has been recognized as Devin Wagner from Los Angeles. Both individuals were apprehended on suspicion of murder the previous week, with bail set at $2 million. The district attorney’s office has officially filed murder charges against both drivers and has additionally charged Murphy with felony hit-and-run.
Anna Solis, a talented musician who adeptly played numerous instruments, including the trumpet and violin, was fondly remembered. She was a student at Pasadena City College, actively participating in the Rose Parade marching band as a trumpet player, and had recently graduated from Montebello High School in 2020. Solis’s boyfriend, Alberto Lopez, initiated a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the funeral expenses.
Last year, a total of sixteen individuals lost their lives in accidents related to street racing, as disclosed by LAPD Deputy Chief Donald Graham during a briefing with the civilian Police Commission in June.
This article was originally published in the Los Angeles Times..