Driver in Deadly Lancaster Pursuit Crash Charged With Murder

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hicks-carLANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) — A Palmdale man accused in a pursuit crash that killed a 2-year-old girl has been charged with murder.

43-year-old Marvin Travon Hicks pleaded not guilty Monday to one count each of murder and felony evading an officer causing injury.

Hicks is being held on $1.1 million bail.

He is due back in court Dec. 19.

According to police records, Hicks was arrested for reckless driving and driving under the influence in 1995.

He was also charged with hit-and-run in 2005.

The latest incident happened just before 5:00 p.m. last Thursday at the intersection of 10th Street West and Avenue I.

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective driving back from court spotted a two-door Toyota speeding down Sierra Highway just before Avenue J.

The detective saw the Toyota cross the road’s center divider, authorities said, but he could not chase the suspect because he was not in a patrol car.

He notified other units in the area, and members of a sheriff’s gang task force pursued the car.

By then, the Toyota driver was speeding down Avenue I at 85 to 100 mph, at times on the wrong side of the road.


Police say the suspect ran a red light at 10th Street West and I Avenue, and slammed into a car carrying a 37-year-old Tina Ruano and her daughter, Madison.

The toddler was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital.

Her mother was hospitalized in serious condition, but is expected to be OK.

A memorial page has been set up for Madison and her family, to leave a message click here.

To donate to the family click here.

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