Police in Riverside, Calif. arrested a woman in Riverside on the evening of June 13 on suspicion of DUI after cops say she ran over and killed her father who was trying to prevent her from driving while intoxicated. The now deceased dad, 69-year-old Bounmy Rajsombath, was rushed to the Riverside Community Hospital following the accident on Friday night around 6:20 p.m., but did not survive his injuries.
Sgt. Dan Reeves with the Riverside Police Department said that the daughter, 37-year-old Soukvilay Barton, ran over and killed the concerned dad as he pleaded with her not to drive off in her BMW convertible, according to Fox News. As Barton was backing her car out of the garage, she inadvertently struck and killed her father, described by police “as a former Laotian military officer who aided U.S. efforts during the Vietnam War.”
Neighbors who were present at the scene and who witnessed the accident, say that the daughter had been drinking and was seen and overheard arguing with family members. After striking her father with her BMW, Barton got out of the car and tried to come to her father’s aid “and sat sobbing before being taken into custody.”
Bounmy Rajsombath was rushed to a Riverside hospital, where he was pronounced dead Friday night.
The tragic and ironic Father’s Day weekend death occurred in the 14000 block of Bush Avenue in Riverside. Following Barton’s alleged drinking and arguing with her family, witnesses told police that the daughter became upset and decided to drive off. Rajsombath pleaded with his allegedly intoxicated daughter not to drive as she got into her convertible which was parked in the garage. The dad continued to try and persuade his daughter to stay as he stood in the driveway.
But as Barton was backing the car out of the garage, she allegedly struck him in the driveway . . .
The sorrowful Barton was taken into custody on Friday and charged with “suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicle manslaughter.” She was remanded to Riverside Police’s Magnolia Station where she was being held on $75,000 bail, according to KTLA .
Rajsombath’s son-in-law told reporters that his stepdad once “ran a refugee camp in Thailand to help people escaping a Communist insurgency during the Vietnam War.” Rajsombath reportedly came to the U.S. in 1979 and was employed as a plumber before hurting his arm in a serious fall.
Police in Riverside continue to investigate the situation and are not ruling out additional charges against Barton. Anyone with any information regarding the accident is asked to call Riverside police Detective Rick Prince at 951-826-8722.