This is such a sad and ironic case. On Friday, June 13, Riverside police Sgt. Dan Reeves told the Associated Press that a former Laotian military officer by the name of Bounmy Rajsombath, 69, was run over and killed by his own daughter, as he tried to stop her from driving away drunk.
Witnesses said that Rajsombath’s daugter, 37-year-old Soukvilay Barton, was drunk and upset and began arguing with her family. Sgt. Reeves reported that she “ignored her father’s pleas not to drive and backed her BMW convertible out of the garage, striking him.”
Barton stopped the vehicle immediately after seeing her father injured on the ground and sobbed until the authorities came to assess the situation. After being rushed to the Riverside Community Hospital, Rajsombath was pronounced dead.
Barton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicle manslaughter. Her bail was set at $75,000.
A man identified as Rajsombath’s son-in-law said that he “ran a refugee camp in Thailand for people who were fleeing Laos to escape the communist insurgency during the Vietnam war.”
Rajsombath came to the U.S. in 1979 and moved with his wife to Southern California two years ago. They had two sons and two daughters together.