|For Immediate Release
Case # 06WF0811
October 21, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
DRIVER FACES TRIAL FOR MURDERING UNBORN BABY BOY IN HIGH SPEED CRASH WHILE FLEEING FROM POLICE ON WRONG SIDE OF FREEWAY
SANTA ANA – A driver who was fleeing from police on the wrong side of the freeway faces trial tomorrow for murdering an unborn baby boy in a high-speed crash. Hung Van Mai, 37, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of evading while driving recklessly and a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury. He has a prior strike conviction for a 1990 assault with a firearm. If convicted, Mai faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. in Department C-44, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 2:00 a.m. on March 30, 2006, Garden Grove police officers attempted to perform a routine traffic stop on Mai for having darkly tinted car windows. Mai is accused of refusing to stop as officers followed him with lights and sirens. He is accused of attempting to flee and leading police on a high-speed chase at speeds up to 65 mph on local roads. Mai is accused of turning off his headlights in an effort to make it more difficult for officers to see and follow his car. He is accused of speeding northbound on Harbor Boulevard and entering the wrong way onto the exit ramp to State Route 22. Mai is accused of driving the wrong direction up the ramp onto the freeway into oncoming traffic and attempting to make a high-speed U-turn. Anthony Moore, then 22-years-old, was driving 65 mph on the freeway and crashed head-on into the front passenger door of Mai’s car.
Mai suffered only minor cuts. Moore suffered broken bones. His girlfriend, Sully Portillo, then 22-year-old, was in the passenger seat of Moore’s car and was eight months pregnant. Portillo underwent emergency surgery for a ruptured uterus, broken bones, and suffered a concussion. Moore and Portillo’s unborn child, Baby Boy Portillo, was killed.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.