ISLA VISTA, Calif- Tuesday a judge ruled to release a man who was accused of running over and killing 4 people in 2001 to an unlocked community facility, said Paula Waldman Senior Deputy District Attorney.
"My goal in fighting against the release of David Attias into the community was to protect our community from a seriously mentally ill dangerous young man who has a demonstrated long history of: previous violence, drug abuse, non-compliance with taking psychiatric medications and non-compliance with psychotherapy," wrote Waldman.
In 2001 Attias was accused of driving his vehicle through a stop sign and down a crowded street. In total he hit eight cars and five people, four of those people died after they were hit. According to court records, several witness heard Attias shout that he was "the angel of death". Records show that Attias was experiencing psychotic symptoms.
Attias was found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and admitted to Patton State Hospital in 2002.