Mob Kills Passenger After Car Strikes Child

Man dies steps from his home; police hunt attackers
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2007 4:20 AM CDT
Margaret Morales sits on the porch of her Austin, Texas townhouse, Wednesday, June 20, 2007. Celebrants at an informal Juneteenth party in a crowded public housing complex parking lot turned into an...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Police are hunting members of an angry mob that killed a man after the car he was riding in struck a child. Some 20 attackers beat David Morales to death just paces from his townhouse, as he attempted to defend the driver. Their car hit the child in a parking lot packed with revelers during a Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas.

The girl's injuries were not life threatening. The passenger's sister left the family home to find her brother, who was returning home from work as a painter when the accident occurred, dying on the pavement. The driver is cooperating with authorities and police are seeking witnesses in their effort to track down the vigilantes.