DNA evidence that was left at the scene of a hit-and-run crash in downtown Los Angeles that killed a bicyclist has led to the suspect being charged with murder. According to a KTLA news report, 36-year-old Ronald Earl Kenebrew Jr. was identified as the suspect in the fatal crash that killed 46-year-old Branden Finley. Detectives ran the evidence through the massive DNA database known as Combined DNA Index System or CODIS.
Deadly Hit and Run
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has filed three criminal charges against the Lancaster man including murder, carjacking and felony hit-and-run. LAPD investigators on May 11 learned of the DNA evidence matching with Kenebrew. The man had been custody of the LA County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of robbery since Feb. 11, nearly a month after the crash that killed Finley.
Kenebrew was also linked to the crime after detectives identified him as the suspect in videos from the morning of the collision when he allegedly stole a white 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. Surveillance images were released by LAPD on the day of the crash. Police said a man approached the owner of the truck and asked him for a ride but the vehicle owner refused.
The man then got in the truck and sped off. He was driving at a high rate of speed when he slammed into the bicyclist while approaching Olive Street, officials said. Finley’s friends said he was riding his bike to meet friends. His 18-year-old daughter, Koi, pleaded for authorities to find his killer as she spoke to reporters a day after the crash.
Justice for Family Members
We are relieved to hear that the hit-and-run driver in this case was identified thanks to DNA evidence left at the scene. This incident also gives new hope for other victims of hit and run crashes. Statistics show that in a significant number of hit-and-run crashes in Los Angeles, the drivers are never apprehended. This can be emotionally traumatizing for victims and their families, who have no one to hold accountable for their tremendous losses and hardships.
As Los Angeles hit and run lawyers, we strongly believe that the more drivers understand that they will be tracked, the fewer are the chances that they will flee the scene. California law requires drivers to stop right away, remain at the scene of the crash, and render assistance to injured victims. We hope the victim’s family in this case receives justice and fair compensation for their losses.