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Accused Mount Washington Motorist Has Road Rage History

Louis Mraz, the Mount Washington man accused of running down a cyclist on May 28, was previously arrested for punching a 72-year-old man in the face during a 1999 road rage incident.

Louis Mraz, the man accused of running down a Highland Park cyclist in his white convertible in late May, was previously arrested for a road rage incident in 1999.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Mraz was first sentenced to 45 days community service on a Caltrans crews for punching a 72-year-old man in the face following a traffic incident.

The full times article can be found here.

The article further states that Mraz, who was 51 years old at the time, was placed on three years summary probation and ordered to publicly apologize to the victim in the Mount Washington Newsletter by Judge Ramona G. See.

From The Times:

Deputy City Atty. Lara Drino Schwartz said Mraz and the victim were traveling in opposite directions on one-lane Crane Boulevard when the victim tried to pull his truck to the side of the road to let Mraz pass.

The victim said his vehicle stalled, and as he was trying to restart it, Mraz shouted at him to move, then got out of his car and walked up to the truck, Schwartz said.

He reached through the driver's side window, removed the victim's glasses and punched him in the nose, then threw the glasses back into the cab and drove off, Schwartz said.

As on Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch, Mraz was arrested on Wednesday, July 6 on charges of assault and hit and run. Mraz, who is the Mount Washington Homeowner Alliance’s Vice President of Land Use, was released on bail the same day.

He is accused of intentionally running down Highland Park resident Winona Wacker while she was riding her bike near Ave. 50 and Buchanan Street. According to one witness, Mraz yelled at Wacker from his convertible, demanding that she clear the road, and then sideswiped her, police said.

Mraz provided a different story to police, saying that he attempted to avoid Wacker, and unintentionally struck her with his side-view mirror. He also told officers that he did not see her fall to the ground.

Marino July 11, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Obviously it was the old man's fault for driving a truck that stalled. He should have been practicing defensive driving and stay at home. (Just following the logic of blame the victim from the more recent cycling accident)
Susan R July 11, 2011 at 03:21 PM
I made my comments before I read this story.
Alberto July 11, 2011 at 05:27 PM
WooHOoo! So this guy's gonna try and get away with this story after a history like his?! Sorry Charlie, not likely. I guess he's arguing that he didn't see her fall down 'cause his right review mirror was busted!
Alberto July 11, 2011 at 05:30 PM
I still hate the photo used for this ad: it just implies that the incident happened on or near a major street. A photo of the actual - purely residential - area would create greater impact.
KingSlav July 12, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Let's see a mugshot from this incident or the prior arrest. I want to know more about this jerk with a temper.
KingSlav July 12, 2011 at 02:15 AM
A photo of the accused can be seen here. http://www.friendsofthesouthwestmuseum.com/artsparks/content/citycouncil_6582_large.html
Susan R July 12, 2011 at 03:36 PM
It is very disturbing that this guy has prior incidents. Sounds like he could use some anger management. I hope the bicyclist turns in the claim to the guys insurance company. That will put points on his DMV record and his auto insurance rates will shoot up like crazy. There is nothing like pain in the pocketbook to make someone pay for their actions. And, it will be a constant reminder for the next 3 years.
Susan R July 12, 2011 at 03:40 PM
Funny, I had to almost laugh. This is the same logic that Mercury Insurance uses to not pay their auto insurance claims.
Susan R July 14, 2011 at 02:10 PM
I wish a story could be done on the link provided by Kingslav. It looks like a community meeting about the SW Museum. And, it was well attended. Just forward through the photos.
dddd July 21, 2011 at 06:26 PM
I have lived in HLP/ER for 43 years. I ride a bike and a motorcycle and I have cars as well. But like so many other long time residents I have noticed an upswing in bike riders in the area, which is for sure, no doubt a good thing, not only does it keep more cars off the road it's helping the environment..blah.blah....There have been several times when I have been driving behind bike riders on York, Eagle Rock Blvd and neighboring side streets where the bike rider or riders are simply riding in the middle of the road under 10mph and do not yield to vehicles coming through, bike riders seem to want to enjoy a double standard around here where they think that just because they are on bikes that it entitles them to ride @ 10mph in the middle of the street, whereas from a car drivers perspective if you are gonna ride in the middle of the street on your bike and not move over for passing cars at least have the courtesy to ride at the posted speed limits. And don't honk at these entitled bicyclists or you might get flipped off, have your car spit on or better yet have one of them hit your mirror or kick your car. If we are all going to share the road then we must all show the same courtesy meaning that bike riders need to move over for passing vehicles or faster moving traffic, not only does it make traffic sense but common sense. I am sure there are two sides to this story...lets not judge so early on. FYI, when I am riding around town and have cars behind me I pull over.
Ken Camp August 28, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Imagine Susan Rocha suggesting that anybody else but her attend anger management classes! This is the woman who drives her car around and around the block in front of Divine Saviour Church, honking her horn, giving everyone the finger, approaches the church screaming "F YOU!" in front of families and kids, and illegally places her garbage cans on Sundays near her house so church goers cannot park near her. Sounds like a massive temper tantrum to me!
David Huntsman September 18, 2011 at 03:08 PM
dddd, I appreciate your sentiments but the fact is the cyclist does have the right to wobble down the road. I know it makes for slow going, but where does the notion that we are entitled to proceed down a street at high speed, unencumbered by non-mptored road users, come from? You just have to give that up because some cyclists can't go much faster than that. Now, just for discussion, are there parked cars on the streets you mention? If so, what is really causing the clog in the system - the cyclists, or the parked cars taking up valuable space on the right-of-way? I notice that besides a bike and a motorcycle, you have (plural) "cars."

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