Crime

Ventura tow truck driver found guilty of hit-and-run that killed teen

VENTURA, Calif. - A Ventura tow truck driver has been found guilty of a hit-and-run that killed a 14-year-old boy in 2016. 

The judge ruled that Martin Henderson is guilty of both a hit-and-run and for trying to conceal or destroy evidence. 

Henderson was accused of driving away from the scene after hitting Jonathan Hernandez.

Hernandez was riding his bicycle around midnight on February 18, 2016, at the intersection of Saticoy Avenue and Telegraph Road in Ventura when he was hit. 

The judge mentioned that he put emotion aside and made a decision based on the law and the facts. After the verdict was read, Hernandez’s family hugged, cheered and prayed.

"Every time court happens, you know, we relive the day that he passed,” said Jonathan’s brother, Ezekiel. ”From waking up and getting the calls…it’s draining, it’s like physically and mentally exhausting and for the longest, I just wanted it to be over and thank god now it is.” 

Many who were there to support Henderson were upset by the verdict. 

Henderson’s lawyer says they were expecting this verdict but he hopes the judge recognizes his act mistake and is easier on him when sentencing. 

“My guy didn’t cause the collision,” said Henderson’s Attorney, David Lehr. “I firmly believe he didn’t know about the accident at the time and so delaying an hour or two or four or five after you find out is not the same as having a body go across your windshield and driving off which is mostly what happens in this kind of case”

Henderson could face up to 5 years in prison. His sentencing will take place on July 20 at 9 a.m.


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