Mallory Rae Dies, who was stuck by a car driven by an aide to Representative Lois Capps, is in grave condition at Cottage Hospital, where her health has reportedly taken a turn for the worse today. Raymond Morua, the district representative for Congresswoman Capps was fired immediately following his DUI and hit and run arrest Friday night. Morua was reportedly coming from the Independent’s holiday party when he struck Mallory near the 500 block of Anacapa Street. He fled the scene eventually crashing into a palm tree at Cabrillo and State where he was arrested.
It has been confirmed that Morua had two previous DUI arrests, and a convicted misdemeanor of grand theft by embezzlement and allegedly, a prior hit and run charge. A simple background check would have caught these criminal transgressions, but Capps only had to abide by the US House of Representatives hiring practices. McDonalds requires background checks for all employees, but not Congress. A simple search in the Santa Barbara court computer would have revealed Raymond’s past cases as well. Morua had a blood alcohol level of .17 at the scene of his arrest. Raymond’s arraignment will take place Friday in Santa Barbara.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mallory and her family.