An ex-con accused of hitting and killing a 64-year-old Hemet man on a mobility scooter, then fleeing the scene, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and other offenses.
Eugene McArthur Pamilton, 26, of Hemet was arrested Sunday night after allegedly killing Ray Billings Jr.
Along with the murder count, Pamilton is charged with DUI gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run resulting in death, driving on a revoked license and a sentence-enhancing allegation of fleeing the scene of a crime.
He’s being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.
Billings was hit about 10 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Florida Avenue, near San Jacinto Street, as he headed to a convenience store on his scooter after leaving his mobile home, according to reports from the scene.
Hemet Police Lt. Glen Brock said Pamilton was going eastbound on Florida when he slammed into Billings, causing his scooter to cartwheel into the curb, ejecting the victim onto the pavement.
Pamilton raced away immediately afterward, Brock said.
“The police department began to receive calls from several motorists, who advised they were following the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run and provided our dispatch with a location,” the lieutenant said.
He said patrol officers were directed to the 2200 block of Devonshire Avenue, roughly a mile away from the collision, where they found the defendant’s vehicle abandoned. Within a few minutes, he was located and taken into custody without a struggle, according to Brock.
Paramedics pronounced Billings dead at the scene.
According to court records, Pamilton has prior convictions for burglary and auto theft.