Victim ID'd After Being Pushed From Car During Pursuit | NBC Southern California

Victim ID'd After Being Pushed From Car During Pursuit

A deputy conducting a traffic stop heard a gunshot before the suspect fled from Lynwood to a Hawthorne apartment complex



    (Published Friday, Sept. 7, 2012)

    A woman was was shot and then pushed out of moving car during a freeway pursuit was identified Friday afternoon.

    Selene Mayoral, 24, of Cudahy, was killed after suffering a gunshot wound and being shoved onto a Lynwood street during a pursuit that led to a barricade situation late Thursday in Hawthorne.

    Neighbors told NBC4 Mayoral lived with her parents and described her as a "really nice girl, a hard worker." They said Thursday night's tragic incident was "sickening."

    The initial traffic stop was conducted at about 11:15 p.m. An officer witnessed several vehicle code violations before conducting the stop in the 4100 block of Alma Avenue in Lynwood.

    Caught on Video: Body Pushed From Car

    [LA] Caught on Video: Body Pushed From Pursuit Suspect's Vehicle
    Video shows a driver push a woman's body from a vehicle during a pursuit that began in Lynwood and ended with a barricade situation in Hawthorne. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at noon from Lynwood on Friday Sept. 7, 2012.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 7, 2012)

    "As the vehicle stopped, the deputy saw a flash and heard a gunshot come from the vehicle," said Lt. Holly Francisco, of the LA County Sheriff's Department. "The vehicle took off at a high rate of speed."

    The suspect opened the passenger's side door a few blocks south of the traffic stop location, then pushed Mayoral from the vehicle, according to authorities. Some deputies continued pursuing the suspect, others tended to the victim.

    The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Mayoral's body remained on Josephine Street early Friday as the investigation continued.

    The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner confirmed Mayoral's identity on Friday afternoon.

    A resident on Josephine Street captured video of the man pushing the body from the car. Mayoral suffered a gunshot wound to the torso, according to authorities. 

    The suspect barricaded himself in a Hawthorne apartment complex at which he was living before surrendering to deputies about two hours later. A semi-automatic handgun was recovered near the suspect's vehicle at the barricade location, Francisco said.

    Investigators determined that drugs played a part in Mayoral's relationship to the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Juan Diego Valencia, said Deputy Kim Manatt with LA County Sheriff’s Department.

    Valencia remained in jail Friday night on $1 million bail.

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