Sunday Crash Victim Identified, Murder Charge for Driver who was alleged Pimp

Published On June 15, 2018 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

The Alameda County Coroner released the name of the female victim of Sunday’s horrific crash near MacArthur and Peralta. The name of the driver, an alleged pimp, was released by authorities.

42-year-old Michael Brown, the driver and survivor of the crash, remains hospitalized. 40-year-old Daphne Bailey, who was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed and caught fire, died at the scene.

Brown, who was unavailable to appear in court because of his injuries, was charged with murder, human trafficking, kidnapping and domestic violence charges. Bailey, an alleged sex-worker for Brown, had addresses in Antioch and Oakland according to police.

Brown and Bailey were fleeing San Francisco after allegedly kidnapping one of Brown’s sex workers. Brown has a violent criminal history dating back to 1996 according to a report by SF Gate report by Evan Sernoffsky.


SF Assistant District Attorney Michael Swart wrote in court papers that Brown and Bailey convinced the kidnap victim that they wanted to celebrate her birthday ‘with a cake and a bag of cocaine.’ Brown & Bailey allegedly assaulted the woman, forced her into the trunk of Brown’s car, and the chase ensued.

The witness video above shows authorities and bystanders dragging Brown to safety after the white Dodge Charger that Brown was driving crashed and caught fire.

Bystander Rick McGee, a retired firefighter, described the chaotic scene. “He couldn’t take his seat belt off. I yelled for a knife. Someone gave me a knife. I cut the seat belt out and I pulled him out from the sun roof,” said McGee to ABC 7 News.

Feature Image: @MariaKPIX

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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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