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Mission Viejo Man Arrested, DUI Suspected in Fatal Hit and Run

A cyclist is dead today following a hit and run accident on PCH, and police arrested a 27-year-old man suspected in the accident at the site of a second crash soon after Seal Beach.

A 27-year-old Mission Viejo main is in custody tonight following a hit and run accident that killed a Huntington Beach bicyclist on PCH today.

Huntington Beach Police arrested Joel Alexander Murphy on suspicion of felony hit and run, driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter and violating his probation.

Roger Michael Lippman, 63, of Huntington Beach, died at the scene of the accident at 11:41 this morning on PCH between Seapoint Street and Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach. According to police, witnesses saw the driver flee the scene in a silver Hyundai with a shattered windshield. Shortly after, Seal Beach Police responded a report of an accident at Westminster Boulevard and Kitts Highway.

“The Huntington Beach Police Department provided surrounding jurisdictions with the description of the outstanding suspect vehicle,” according to a department release. “Seal Beach Officers discovered their vehicle matched the description of our suspect vehicle, and Huntington Beach Police Officers responded for further investigation.”

Murphy was later arrested and booked at the Huntington Beach city jail.

The investigation is ongoing, and police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Huntington Beach Police Department at 714-960-8825.

Kenneth Larson June 25, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I wish there were some kind of Internet post system where intelligent and thoughtful comments are treated with respect and courtesy. Instead, unhappy and hateful people seem to send sarcastic comments saying that the sender is weird or phony and doesn't make any sense and should be ashamed of themselves. I might just stop making thoughtful comments because there are too many unhappy people out there just itching to blast away at someone--maybe I should just comment with something like "very interesting comment--have a nice day."
Kenneth Larson June 25, 2012 at 09:04 PM
To be honest, the daily TV program called "The Five" had a recent discussion as to how to handle this bad situation where a person will make a reasonable comment and someone will always send back a comment saying that the person is weird or a crank or doesn't make any sense or else a crackpot. This is a real problem, apparently, on the Internet and thoughtful people have stopped making reasonable and thoughtful comments for this very reason. Apparently it is "tit-for-tat" or "someone said this sarcastic comment about me so I will make a sarcastic comment to some other commentator." But I guess like Harry Truman said "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen." The Internet seems to attract people who are hateful, unhappy, angry, mean, vicious, cruel, and just itching to get back at someone. I don't know what the answer is other then to say "have a nice day."
Christopher M. Davis June 26, 2012 at 07:19 AM
There are plenty of cyclist who ride for their health and vitality at the ripe age of 63! Kenneth perhaps you should get out more! Your narrow minded, indignant response is merely communion to the toxicity that brings troublesome dismay in life.
Valerie Lawrence July 29, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Kenneth, I think the point is that it is not the comment but the article that should be the focus here...an innocent man was killed by no fault of his own and it should be remembered that he was an innocent victim ( supported by the fact that the driver fled the scene and was involved in another accident shows strong evidence that the victim was not the problem here). I just think that this is terrible...I was stuck in the tragic on PCH that was a result f the investigation and was an hour late to my friend's wedding as a result...my blood ran cold when I learned the reason for the traffic congestion. My heart goes out to the family for their untimely loss!
Angus Kevin Mckay January 23, 2013 at 06:31 PM
i went to school with Joel Murphy. knowing him up until a few years ago. since his early teens all we ever did was party hard. as we got older some people moved away from that lifestyle. joel sold opiates and oxycontin to every kid i know, slowly moving up to herroine and now has killed a man. someone put this kid away before he ruins another life. its very sad that this man died and i know Joel probably regrets it and feels horrible, but if the cops cant stop him, maybe fifty years behind bars will. sorry for this mans death, to say it was his fault is the most ignorant thing i have heard. Joel was careless and deserves what comes to him, who you gonna sell your pills to now joel? you already messed up all of our buddies and countless kids, now its your turn -- Angus Mc Kay

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