Guilty: Man who drove his wife and dog into lake convicted of murder

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In San Bernardino, California, the man who drove his car into a lake with his physically challenged wife and dog has been convicted of second-degree murder and animal cruelty.

According to Ktla5News, Ronald Hitchcock 61, faces 15 years to life in prison after he was found guilty on Tuesday at the San Bernardino Justice Center for the September 2012 incident at Big Bear Lake. After he drove the car into the lake, Hitchcock was able to exit the vehicle, but his wife Deborah Crouch, 53, who was unable to walk couldn’t escape. Deborah and their black Labrador retriever Onyx, were stuck in the vehicle and drowned.

Hitchcock was overheard saying there was no way his wife “was going to get out of this one.” The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office stated, in a press release, the autopsy on Deborah showed she drowned, however there had been “bruises all over her body consistent with physical violence and defensive wounds. ”

A video from a rescue diver showed Crouch’s body floating inside the car and the dog’s head stuck in the partially rolled down window.

Hitchcock will be sentenced on February 28.

(Photos of Hitchcock and murder of wife and dog via San Bernardino County DA Office)

Rest in peace Deborah and Onyx.

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19 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Jail is too good for this POS! He should be put before a firing squad! That poor woman and dog! From the sounds of it, she and the dog are better off, together in the afterlife.

  2. Stephen Phillips says:

    No death penalty in California???
    Damned shame… ’cause if EVER someone deserved it, it’s this POS!
    What an excruciating way to die – helpless to save your own life, and powerless to watch your beloved companion suffer and die….
    If there IS a God/Karma, this bastard’ll meet a similar end in prison….

      • Nancy Raymond says:

        There IS a death penalty in California BUT it has not been enacted upon in many years – Scott Peterson (killed his wife and unborn son) is on death row in California. It certainly should have been used in the case of Ronald Hitchcock.

  3. Darla G says:

    Ronald Hitchcock, you are POS who doesn’t deserve to live. You killed your wife AND your dog. You knew your wife couldn’t get out of the car on her own and the dog, who could have made it to safety by swimming, you locked his head in the window. You will rot in Hell for eternity and that’s exactly what you deserve. RIP Deborah and Onyx. You are together forever and you’ll NEVER have to see that POS again.

  4. Michael Coulter says:

    He’s 61, this will be a life sentence.

    Men who abuse women and men who abuse animals don’t do well in prison, and this waste of flesh did both.

    Enjoy the rest of your short life in prison, you shit!

    • Barkley's Mom says:

      If he only serves 15 years when he gets out he will be 76, only the good die young, this POS will most certainly go on forever, I wouldn’t count him out at age 76. Lets hope they extend his sentence until he does die!

  5. Theresa says:

    Handcuffed him in the vehicle with his head sticking out of the window rolled up as tight as you can Place him in water so he can still see on top of the surface why he fucking drowns

  6. pennysdachshunds says:

    This Nation is supposedly “Far too Civilized to Do what 98% of the readers & posters of this Site WANT!!! I for one hope every “dog, animal, and family orientated” member of the population is aware of what this SOB did to a disabled person, and the horrific death the Black Lab Suffered and treat this PUTRID Butt-Wipe accordingly !!!! MAKE EVERY LIVING HOUR HIS OWN HELL ON EARTH till he wants to END IT ALL for HIMSELF!!! GO for it you GUYS !!!

    • Bunny Peters says:

      I agree with you 1,000,000+%!!! I hope he has been punished by his fellow prisoners…….
      He will certainly burn forever in the hottest part of Hell for his cruelty……. I hope he gets there ASAP!!!

  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    This is in no way a man, Ronald Hitchcock is no more than a slimy mass of sewer sludge. He definitely SHOULD be sitting on death row – 15 years for murdering two defenseless innocents is a slap on the wrist. I would have put him to death just for the dog’s death alone – California needs a huge wake up call – to give this bastard such a low sentence is a joke – too bad he wasn’t in Texas – they’d have put him to death in a heartbeat. There are some people who deserve death and Hitchcock is definitely one of them.


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