LAPD sergeant investigated over possible role in daughter’s hit-and-run
A Los Angeles Police Department sergeant is being investigated over his possible role in his daughter’s activities after allegedly running over and killing a 60-year-old man.
City News Service reported on Thursday that the department’s Internal Affairs bureau is determining what Sgt. Arturo Yanez knew about his daughter Vanessa Yanez’s fatal encounter with Jesse Dotson on June 26 in Gardena, California.
The 22-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday and charged with vehicular manslaughter, perjury, filing a false police report and felony hit and run after she allegedly ran Dotson over as he rode his bicycle to work, then leaving the scene. Her father got into a confrontation with a KABC-TV cameraman following her release from jail on Thursday.
“I’m just standing here,” Arturo Yanez told the cameraman while he moved to block him from approaching the suspect.
“You’re on TV,” the cameraman replied.
“That’s good,” the officer answered back.
Police in Huntington Park, California, told CNS that the female suspect filed a stolen car report early on the morning of June 27. They alerted their colleagues in Gardena after it was found outside a home she shares with her parents there with damage matching the description of the vehicle that hit Dodson. Dodson died on June 30 from injuries sustained in the crash.
The suspect reportedly told Huntington Park police she had been drinking earlier on the day she allegedly hit Dodson, but since she was not found at the scene, authorities were not able to administer a sobriety test.
“She also didn’t make any statements directly implicating herself,” Gardena police Lt. Steve Prendergast told CNS. “But after being interviewed by our traffic detectives, the investigators felt she said enough to indicate she was involved in the hit-and-run.”
Vanessa Yanez was released after promising in writing to appear in court on July 8.
“You’re enforcing law on other people and your own kids don’t know the rules?” Lorna-Ashley Dotson, the victim’s wife, told KABC. “They don’t know to stop? If they have an accident, they don’t know the protocol?”
Watch KABC’s report, aired Thursday, below.
[h/t LA Weekly]