CORONA (CBSLA) — A Corona man was arrested on Saturday for felony hit-and-run after a wild crash caught on camera showed a driver speeding with a motorcycle wrapped around the vehicle’s bumper.

The scene unfolded about 7 p.m. on Friday on the eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway, just west of the 15 Freeway in Corona, when the driver of the minivan struck a motorcyclist and failed to stop.

25-year-old George Valentin admitted to being the driver, according to the California Highway Patrol, and was taken into custody on Saturday. He is being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The motorcyclist, Chain Arunritthirot, said he landed some 200 feet away from the collision in the middle of the freeway, confused about what had happened.

The driver continued on the freeway with Arunritthirot’s motorcycle still attached to the vehicle before eventually crashing into a fence and fleeing on foot into a drainage wash, where witnesses tried to stop him before losing sight of the suspect, according to CHP.

“I was like oh this guy did try to kill me!” Arunritthirot said in an exclusive interview with CBS2/KCAL9. “I feel like it was intentional, like he hunted me down.”

Arunritthirot was not seriously injured but complained about pain to his arms and legs.

CHP estimates the motorcyclist was going 65 mph when the minivan hit him going 70 mph.

A video of the incident was taken by Natalie Duran and Will Ross, who were following the minivan and calling CHP.

A screenshot from a video posted to YouTube on June 19, 2020, showing a driver speeding while a motorcycle was wrapped around the vehicle’s bumper after a hit-and-run. (Courtesy: Will Ross/YouTube)

Arunritthirot said he is still in shock about the incident. He said he’d like to meet and thank Duran and Ross for capturing the crash on camera and leading police to an arrest.

CHP said they don’t believe alcohol or drugs to be factors in the case at this time. The incident is still under investigation and CHP is encouraging any other witnesses to call the Accident Investigation Unit at 951-637-8000 with any information.

Comments (13)
  1. Kimberly Ericson says:

    That’s one lucky motorcyclist. God Bless

  2. T says:

    Thank gosh the motorcyclist is safe.

  3. Ted Turner says:

    Probably an unlicensed illegal driver which is why he ran away. Lock him up with the maximum jail sentence.

    1. adam smith says:

      You sound like a loser. Obviously compensating for something tiny assuming the guy’s illegal. Hispanics were here long before anyone White. Moron.

      1. Barks says:

        Impossible. Hispanic wasn’t even invented as a term until mid-20th century, doofus.

      2. Ted Turner says:

        Racist Much?
        Nobody said anything about “Hispanics”.
        Seems like you’re the one who had associated the terms of “Unlicensed Illegal” with “Hispanic” all by yourself.

      3. msfabulicious says:

        Adam Smith, apparently you are super-sensitive about illegal immigrants, because Ted Turner didn’t say anything about that. He said “unlicensed illegal driver”. If you are driving without a license, you are driving illegally, no matter your citizenship status. That’s how I read his comment. He certainly never mentioned “Hispanics”. YOU did. Also apparently, YOU are the one with the tiny mind among other things. But let’s wait and see, this guy may turn out to be everything mentioned in both comments: unlicensed, illegal, and an immigrant, Hispanic or not. And I’ll throw this in there myself, probably outstanding warrants. If not any or all of these things, they why run with a motorcycle stuck to your bumper? You need to wake up.

      4. Chris says:

        Did you pass your reading comprehension course?

      5. Annie Lopez says:

        Adam, your reading comprehension sucks. That or you’re just stupid.

  4. Snorrie says:

    How about 10 years in a mental institution for the van driver.

  5. Arthur Pewty says:

    Adam? You out there buddy? Anything to add? I dont think Adam is going to be returning to this thread given that he had his “backside” handed to him. That had to hurt.

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