FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2006
HOMELESS MAN ON THE LAM CHARGED WITH HIT AND RUN WITH PERMANENT INJURY OF TWO MOMS RUNNING ON PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY
LAGUNA NIGUEL – A homeless man who was sought by police for nine days before he was turned in by a concerned citizen was in court for the first time this afternoon in the South Justice Center, Laguna Niguel. William Todd Bradshaw, 37, with a last known address in Costa Mesa, was charged with one count of felony hit and run. If convicted, he could be sentenced to four years in state prison. Bradshaw is being held on $500,000 bail. He will be in court again on April 28, 2006.
On April 8, 2006, at about 8 a.m., four women who belong to a jogging group were running in a bicycle lane, northbound on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), just north of Camino Capistrano. Bradshaw is accused of hitting Stacy Neria, 34, mother of three and Carol Daniel, 41, also a mother of three. Both women were critically injured.
The defendant is accused of driving his blue 1981 Buick Park Avenue. He is accused of hitting the two moms, sending their bodies flying, and speeding away north bound on PCH. He is also accused of abandoning the car and leaving his cell phone and ownership paperwork in the car. A concerned citizen later saw him in a Dana Point Laundromat and called police.
“Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient evidence to file additional charges at this time. We have two mothers lying injured in a hospital. They have six children who may never get their moms back healthy for what the defendant did,” stated Assistant District Attorney Dennis Conway. “We know most people do not drink or party alone. If you have further information about this defendant or what happened – we are appealing to your heart, your conscience, to come forward and let law enforcement know what you know.”
Anyone with additional information about this case should contact District Attorney Investigator Candice Boyd at 949-249-5094.