A Moreno Valley man accused of deliberately causing a crash just north of the city that killed a 60-year-old motorist and put four others in harm’s way was charged Tuesday with murder and other offenses.
Brian Jay Davidson, 57, was arrested last Tuesday after allegedly inflicting fatal injuries on Joseph Laverty of Moreno Valley. Along with murder, Davidson is charged with attempted murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon to cause great bodily injury.
The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, is slated to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Brosche, about 7 a.m. on Nov. 25, Laverty was driving in the 7800 block of Reche Canyon Road, near Smiley Boulevard, when his vehicle was allegedly hit by Davidson, who was at the wheel of a dump truck. No other details were provided.
A woman, identified only as “B.W.,” also was targeted, court papers allege, resulting in the attempted murder charge. And, three other men were listed as victims of assault in Davidson’s alleged intentional collision. They were referenced in the criminal complaint only as “R.B.,” “D.W.” and “J.S.”
The defendant was identified at the scene as the one allegedly responsible for causing the crash, Brosche said.
Laverty was initially hospitalized but succumbed to his injuries.
Central Homicide Unit detectives took over the investigation, culminating in Davidson’s arrest the following day.
A possible motive for the attack has not been disclosed.
Davidson has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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