Woman struck by Capps’ aid is dead
December 12, 2013
The Santa Barbara women struck by an alleged DUI driver died Wednesday from injuries she suffered more than five days earlier.
The family of Mallory Rae Dies, 27, had life support turned off and Dies was pronounced dead at 3:15 p.m.
Shortly afterwards, the Santa Barbara District Attorney refilled charges against Raymond Victor Morua who is now accused of murder. He faces 15 years to life in prison.
Morua, 32, left a holiday party, allegedly struck Dies, drove away and crashed into a palm tree. Morua had a blood alcohol level of .17 at the scene of his arrest.
Morua had two previous DUI arrests, a conviction for grand theft by embezzlement and a prior hit and run.
On Monday, Rep. Lois Capps fired Morua from his job as her district representative.
“This senseless and avoidable tragedy is one that all of us in the Santa Barbara community will struggle with for a long time,” Capps said in a statement released Wednesday. “I know firsthand what it feels like to lose a child. That anguish is something that no parent should face.
“My prayers are with her parents and all those who mourn today. I wish her, her family, and her friends’ peace.”