Parents Demand to See Surveillance Video of Son’s Death
The parents of a boy killed Saturday morning in a chase with CHP officers are demanding to see surveillance footage of the crash.
“As parents of Luis Longoria, we have a right to get the surveillance footage of what actually happened” Maria Lopez told FOX40.
She and her husband, Luis Longoria Sr., believe the answers to exactly how their 13-year-old son died was captured on surveillance cameras at the Chevron off of Benjamin Holt Drive and Pacific Avenue.
“When the California Highway Patrol came to my house, the only thing they told me is that my son hadn’t made it.” Lopez said.
According to the California Highway Patrol, their son, Luis, made a mistake that proved to be deadly Saturday, by leading officers on a chase that ended when he and his 15-year-old friend, Martel Zepeda, crashed in to the wall of Rasputin Music.
“I actually want to know what happened, did they ram him to the side? How is it that [my son] lost control?” Luis Longoria Sr. asks.
The surveillance cameras at the Chevron seem to point in the exact direction of the crash site.
“I went in to ask the [manager] to see the camera and they said no,” Lopez said.
So, FOX40 put a call in to the manager of this Chevron station, she told us over the phone that CHP asked her Monday morning not to release the video to the media. We put in another call Monday afternoon to Chevron corporate. A media representative told us “this is an open investigation and therefore, we are providing the video to the investigators, but not to anyone else.”
But, in this case, Luis’s parents say CHP was involved in the crash. They wonder how the agency can dictate who can and cannot see the video.
“I believe CHP is hiding something” Luis’ father told FOX40.
FOX40 contacted CHP public information officer James Smith told us the surveillance video is evidence and doesn’t fall under the public records act, which means, our station cannot request to see it.
Investigators say the car Luis Longoria was driving was reported stolen four days before the crash.
During our interview, the parents admitted to FOX40 their son made a mistake. Yet, they say they want the surveillance video, to help them with many unanswered questions.