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Hit and Run Accident Leaves Pedestrian Travis Marton Fatally Injured in Newport Beach

NEWPORT BEACH (January 1, 2015) – A hit and run accident in the early hours of the new year left pedestrian, Travis Marton, with fatal injuries.

Travis Marton

Travis Marton

Newport Beach police responded to a call around 3:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day that a pedestrian had been struck.  Upon arriving to the scene, police found the body of Travis Marton along the southbound side of Pacific Coast Highway near Newport Coast Drive.  Marton, a resident of Valencia, died at the scene.  He was only 23 years old.

The driver of the car that struck Marton fled the scene but was later found in Laguna Beach.  He has been identified as 56 year old San Clemente resident Ronald Lloyd Aviles.  He was arrested by Laguna Beach Police who found his car with sever- front-end damage.  He was booked and his bail was set at $50,000.    Further investigation will reveal what happened.  Witnesses should immediately contact the Newport Beach Police Department at 949-644-3681.

Aviles posted bond and will have to appear in Orange County Superior court for felony hit and run.  Aviles, a taxi driver, is required to be insured by the State of California.  His insurance limits are likely inadequate to compensate Travis Marton’s parents for his wrongful and untimely death.  His insurance limits will depend on his status as either an independent taxi-driver or a employee of a large taxi company.

Marton was a resident of Valencia, California.  He graduated from UC Santa Cruz last spring with a degre in bioengineering.  A  candlelight vigil was scheduled for  Monday at Natural Bridges State Beach

Hit and Run accidents are a plague in Orange County.  Frequently drivers  will leave the scene of an accident in order to avoid the criminal penalties of drunk driving.  In this case however,  it appears that alcohol was not a factor in this accident.  It is puzzling why a driver would leave the scene of an accident and subject themselves to additional criminal liability.  However, it is a crime and drivers should be punished accordingly.

 

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  1. To my wonderful, intelligent, handsome, loving, kind Nephew. Travis Marton, I will always be missing and loving you. We had just text back and forth, New Years Eve, 2015. I said to Travis, "Happy New year, hope it's the best can't wait for 2015. Be safe and I love you". From Travis, " Happy New years and I'll be safe heading to Orange County." I asked, "You know your Aunt she's just Curious! Why are you going to Orange County?" From Travis, "Visit some friends from College." I said, "Great be safe, I hope you're spending the night somewhere and not in you freezing car. Lol, have a great time! I just found out that the Rancho Santa Margarita Pass is snowed in. Is it before Orange County or after Orange County? Because I don't want you to get stranded on a road somewhere! Make sure you take a snack pack and blankets. Love you." From Travis, "I'm staying at my friends house for the night." I said, "see you there safe and sound?" From Travis," I'll be in Newport." I said, "Good, nice to know you're safe with friends." This text was ended at 7:48 pm New Years Eve. This will be the last time I will ever be able to text, speak or see my wonderful Nephew Travis Marton. He had just got a new job and we would speak on his lunch break. Travis Aunt Tanya will never forget you. Travis you have always had a special place in my heart and soul. I hope that your in a better place, I also hope you didn't suffer. Love always Aunt Tanya, one day I will see you in heaven. xoxoxoxo

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