Case # 14HF1008
Date: May 12, 2017
MAN SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DUI CRASH THAT KILLED MAN AND SERVICE DOG ON EASTER SUNDAY
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced today to 11 years and eight months in prison for causing a crash while driving under the influence that killed a man and his service dog on Easter Sunday.
Brad Philip Marsicano, 35, Mission Viejo
Found guilty by a jury on June 13, 2016, of one felony count each of:
- Driving under the influence (DUI) with injury
- DUI with blood alcohol content (BAC) .08% or more causing injury
Pleaded guilty today to:
- One felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated
- Causing great bodily injury
| 11 years and eight months in state prison
Circumstances of the Case
- At approximately 1:00 a.m. on March 31, 2013, Marsicano drove under the influence of alcohol and traveled over 60 miles per hour on Irvine Boulevard.
- The defendant rear-ended 28-year-old Jane Doe’s car at the intersection of Irvine Boulevard and Sand Canyon Road as she began to accelerate at a green light.
- The impact of the crash instantly killed the victim’s service dog, Harvey, and caused life-threatening injuries to Jane Doe’s passenger and fiancé, 29-year-old Theodore Brewsaugh.
- Jane Doe sustained severe lacerations to her head and suffered from memory loss after the impact.
- Brewsaugh died one week later as a result of the crash.
During the sentencing today, the victim’s father, best friend, fiancé, brother, and mother delivered victim impact statements pursuant to Marsy’s law. Over 30 of the victim’s friends and family members were in attendance.
The victim’s fiancée stated in part, “[It has been] 1,503 days that I have prepared for this moment.” She continued, “I lost Ted, my best friend and the love of my life … I have to learn to live again. We would have started a family. I have been robbed of that.”
The victim’s brother said in part, “The impact of losing Ted is like taking the base piece from the pyramid. He held everyone else up.” He also talked about how Ted had a brightness that touched everybody, and described how the impact of Ted’s death is infinite.
The Irvine Police Department investigated this case.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker, Homicide Unit