Adam Carl Garrett Faces Arraignment on Hit-and-Run Charges in Death of Bicyclist
Nineteen-year-old Adam Carl Garrett is scheduled to be in Westminster court this morning to face arraignment on charges that he drove into and killed a bicyclist one early morning in May before fleeing the scene.
Hung Khac Do, 25, died 40 minutes after an ambulance took him to a hospital following the hit-and-run on Warner Avenue near the 405 freeway exit in Huntington Beach.
Garrett, who is from Surf City, is charged with one felony count of hit-and-run causing death and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.
If convicted, he could spend up to four years in state prison.
Garrett was driving his Toyota Camry north on the 405 through Fountain Valley just before 3 a.m. on May 15 when he exited at Warner Avenue and headed west into Huntington Beach. He allegedly crashed into the back of the bike ridden by Do, who was thrown into the far right lane of Warner.
Without assisting Do or informing police or paramedics, and with heavy damage to the front end of the Camry, Garret then drove off to his home four miles away, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors further claim he called 9-1-1 at 3:20 a.m. and falsely reported his involvement in the incident.
A limousine driver spotted Do on the road and called his brother, who in turn called 9-1-1. Another driver stopped to assist Do, while a passenger administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation until police arrived. Do was taken by ambulance to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was pronounced dead 40 minutes later. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma injuries.
Later that same morning as the incident, Huntington Beach Police discovered the damage to the Camry and arrested Garrett. He's been out of custody on $50,000 bail pending this morning's arraignment, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at the West Justice Center, Westminster.
His defense attorney will be up against a homicide prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Nancy Hayashida.
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