by Zara Mustapha
A 69-year-old man Bounmy Rajsombath was killed when his daughter ran him over as he was begging her not to drive drunk.
39-year-old Soukvilay Barton ignored her father’s plea not to drive and knocked him down while trying to drive out of the garage.
Barton saw what she had done and began to sob before she was arrested and taken into custody.
Rajsombath was pronounced dead at the Riverside hospital where he was rushed to immediately after the incident.
Daily Mail reports:
Witnesses told police Barton had been drinking and arguing with family members before she got behind the wheel.
Her father reportedly then stood behind her vehicle and she backed the car into him.
A man identifying himself as Rajsombath’s son-in-law tells PE.com that his father-in-law ran a refugee camp in Thailand where people fleeing the communist insurgency in Laos during the Vietnam War.
Crime scene: Witnesses say they saw Barton drinking and arguing with family members before she ran over her father
‘He had to swim across the Mekong River to get to Thailand because the communists had come to kill him,’ said the man, who spoke in front of the home with a large American flag above the garage, pe.com reports. ‘They were killing all the Laos military that helped the United States.’
The son-in-law, who asked to not be identified, says Rajsombath came to the U.S. in 1979 with his wife. The couple settled in southern California and had two sons and two daughters.
The man said Rajsombath worked as a plumber until he injured his arm in a fall about 10 years ago.
The son-in-law says that even after his injury, Rajsombath would often do plumbing work for free for people who couldn’t afford it.
Evidence: This BMW is the car Barton was driving when she ran over her father
‘He was a person that everybody loved,’ he said. ‘He was a very respected man in the Laos community.’
The man declined to speak about what caused Rajsombath’s death, saying only that ‘I’m very sad. I’m sick.
Barton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and held on $75,000 bond.
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