Teen that ran over mother and baby killed in shooting

This week, a 17-year-old from Los Angeles who had been previously convicted of running over a mother walking her baby in a stroller in 2021 and received only a few months of diversionary camp as punishment was shot and killed in Palmdale, California.

Kristopher Baca, who had not been identified due to his age, had pleaded guilty to the hit-and-run last year. According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office, an examination into the teenager’s death is still pending.

The police discovered him with gunshot wounds in a driveway on the 83600 block of 11th Street East Wednesday night. Sources close to the investigation stated that prior to the shooting, he had been at a fast food restaurant attempting to “get with a girl.” It was reported that after an argument broke out with someone in a car, the vehicle drove away with shots being fired.

The young mother, referred to as Rachel, chose to move her family out of Los Angeles due to what she perceived as lenient laws. When she heard the news, her husband was out of town and she was forced to process it alone. She shared that she felt both a sense of relief and sadness, as the justice they were denied in court had been delivered, albeit in an extremely harsh manner.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s office had sought a five to seven-month sentence in juvenile probation camp for the teen, which was considered less brutal than military school but more intense than summer camp.

At the time of the hit-and-run, the suspect was 15 and on felony probation for poisoning a high school girl’s drink.

In his hit-and-run conviction surveillance cameras had captured him driving a stolen car wrong way down a one-way backstreet, crashing into the mother and infant in a stroller, then speeding away from the scene.

A good Samaritan in a pickup truck had then rammed the suspect vehicle head-on. Drugs were found in the driver’s system and marijuana in the car. The teen had asked the court for an early release from his punishment, but the request was denied and he died before his 18th birthday.

Rachel, the mother that was the victim of the hit-and-run, expressed her disappointment in the system for not holding him accountable and for the sadness his mother must feel.