Man Accused of Intentionally Running Over Woman in Long Beach Is Charged With Murder


A murder charge has been added in a case against a man accused of running over a woman at a Long Beach gas station earlier this month.

Harrison Samuel Bowser, of Los Angeles, was charged with one count each of murder and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence as well as one count each of hit-and-run driving resulting in injury to another person and assault with a deadly weapon, truck.

Codefendant Samantha Smith of Long Beach faces one felony count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

On Dec. 15, Smith allegedly fought victim Elizabeth Perez-Espino, 25, and threw her on the ground at a gas station on the 400 block of West Anaheim Street, prosecutors said. Bowser, who was there with Smith, later ran over the victim and fled the scene, prosecutors added. Perez-Espino died as a result of her injuries on Dec. 22.

The relationship between the two suspects, as well as the relationship between the suspects and victim, were not clear.

If convicted as charged, Bowser faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison. Smith faces a possible maximum sentence of four years in prison.

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