Woman Kills Man With Car After Accusing Him Of Trying To Run Over A Cat

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Woman charged with murder, believed man ran over a cat in Cypress – KTLA Los Angeles

A woman’s love for cats cost the life of a man in California.

Hannah Star Esser, 20, was charged with killing a man after accusing him of trying to run over a cat in the street was arrested Sunday and is being held on $1 million bail. It is not immediately clear whether a cat was actually involved in the crime.

Esser was driving in Cypress on Sunday when she confronted a man she believed was trying to run over a cat. She got out of her car and recorded herself cursing at the man, but instead of driving away, she made a three-point turn and drove back towards Victor. Esser then drove toward Victor and hit him, authorities said.

Victor Luis, a beloved father of five daughters, a treasured son, brother, friend, and cousin, was killed by Esser in front of his apartment building.

Esser was arrested Sunday and had an initial court appearance Tuesday. A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said the crime is still being investigated. As a result of her crimes, she now faces a prison sentence that could last anywhere from 25 years to life.

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