A driver whose SUV struck and killed a bicyclist from Irvine in a December 2009 hit-and-run accident in Newport Beach received a three-year state prison sentence Friday, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Patricia Ann Izquieta, 38, of Riverside, pleaded guilty Feb. 1 at Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana to charges of felony hit-and-run, causing death or injury, felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence, and misdemeanor driving without a license with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury, a news release said.
Izquieta's Saturn hit Donald Murphy, 49, on Jamboree Road about 6 a.m. Dec. 9, 2009. Murphy was thrown from the bike, which was then dragged under Izquieta's car for a mile before she stopped at a Coco's Bakery down the road, where police arrested her.
Murphy was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he died a day later from severe head and neck injuries sustained in the crash.
The victim's daughter, brother and two friends — one of whom had been riding with Murphy when Murphy's bike was struck from behind — gave victim impact statements Friday morning at the Santa Ana courthouse.
They cited his work in a halfway house, where he volunteered his time to help addicts, as testament to his being a great man, the Orange County district attorney's office said in the release.