Last Updated on February 5, 2023
Dr. Michael Mammone, 58, was killed after Vanroy Evan Smith, 39, ran him over then proceeded to stab him death while ranting about “white privilege.” Multiple angles of the disturbing incident were captured by CCTV footage.
Mammone was riding a bicycle when he was run over at high speed by a suspect driving a white sedan. The suspect, later identified as Smith, then exited the vehicle and proceeded to stab the critically injured ER doctor.
According to ABC 7, the suspect was screaming racial slurs and ranting about “whites privilege” before killing the married father of two. Smith, an accountant who describes himself as mixed-race, was restrained by witnesses until law enforcement arrived.
“An innocent man is dead because he took a bike ride to enjoy a beautiful California day along the beach and he was hit with a car and stabbed to death by someone he apparently never met,” said Todd Spitzer, district attorney for Orange County. “The murder of a complete stranger in broad daylight for what appears to be absolutely no reason is the stuff of nightmares.”
Mammone worked in the emergency room at Providence Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach since 2011. He also occasionally worked at the Mission Viejo and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Santa Ana.
“We are stunned by this devastating tragedy. The entire Mission Hospital family is grieving over the loss of an incredible physician and friend,” wrote Mission Viejo in a statement.