Police in Orange have released video of a vehicle that fled after fatally striking a U.S. Marine veteran – the father of a young girl – last week, and his mother begged for help finding his killer.
Dylan Moran, a 25-year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was crossing the street near a gas station when he was struck about 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Moran may have been dragged by an initial vehicle and then struck by a second vehicle, police said Monday.
The crash occurred in the 2200 block of West Chapman Avenue. Firefighters responded and pronounced Moran dead at the scene, according to the Orange Police Department.
Moran's Facebook page indicates he is the father of a toddler girl, whom he calls "my heart" and "my princess."
"Words will never be enough for the love I have for you," Moran wrote Oct. 24 alongside a photo of himself and his daughter.
Moran's mother, Elizabeth DeGeeter of New Jersey, told KTLA on Monday that her son "loved his daughter more than anything."
"He lived for her," DeGeeter said. “That was all he cared about.”
Moran had wanted to be a Marine all his life, and had "Marine posters" all over his room as a young boy, according to his mother. During his service, he was based in Louisiana and worked in helicopter mechanics, DeGeeter said. As an adult, he had adopted three rescue dogs.
She pleaded for her son not to be forgotten, and for his killer to be found. She begged any witnesses to come forward.
"Please, please. Somebody must have saw something ... even if you don't have children. This is my baby," DeGeeter said. "He was not an animal – you don't leave a human being in the middle of the road."
On the day of the crash, Orange police said the victim was a Marine Corps veteran. Moran’s name was released by the Orange County coroner’s office over the weekend.
Moran was in Orange on a business trip; he was working on a consulting job at UC Irvine. A coworker said he became concerned when Moran didn't show up for a morning meeting on Friday.
The 6-second video released by police Monday shows a blurred vehicle, possibly gold or metallic in color.
The vehicle is believed to be a Chevrolet Camaro from model years 1967 to 1969 with a modified exhaust, possibly green with racing stripes across the top, and a large dent in the right rear quarter panel, according to police Sgt. Robert Thorsen.
Last week, police said the second vehicle that may have been involved was a white, mid-sized SUV, possibly an Acura. Police said Monday that vehicle had been located.
Anyone with information is asked to call Orange police at 714-744-7444.
A friend of Moran created a GoFundMe page to raise money for a memorial and for Moran's daughter, Harper.