Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
March 19, 2010
Susan Kang Schroeder
DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR
HIT-AND-RUN DEATH OF BICYCLIST
NEWPORT BEACH – A 37-year-old woman will be arraigned today for killing a bicyclist by crashing into him and then fleeing the scene. Patricia Ann Izquieta, Riverside, will be arraigned on one felony count of hit and run with permanent death or injury, one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence, and one misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury. The defendant is out of custody on $50,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment today, March 19, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. in Department H-2, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
At approximately 6:00 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2009, Izquieta is accused of driving her Saturn SUV northbound on Jamboree Road in Newport Beach in the far right-hand lane. The victim, Donald Murphy, was riding his bicycle along the curb behind two of his friends. Izquieta is accused of drifting towards the curb and hitting Murphy from behind, causing Murphy to be thrown from his bicycle to the curb, rendering him unconscious with no pulse. The defendant is accused of fleeing the scene, dragging the victim’s bicycle under her car for over a mile before stopping in a Coco’s Bakery Restaurant parking lot. A witness at the scene called 9-1-1.
Izquieta is accused of fleeing and failing to call the police. She is accused of causing significant damage to the front hood and windshield of her car. The defendant is accused of remaining in her parked car until found by police in the restaurant parking lot. The defendant is accused of taking prescription medications including Methadone and Clonezepam and police determined it impaired her for the purposes of driving.
The 49-year-old victim was transported to Western Medical Center and died a day later due to severe head and neck injuries caused by the crash.
Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.