MAN DRIVING DRUNK AT 100 MPH SENTENCED FOR MURDERING MOTHER OF THREE AND HARLEY DAVIDSON AFICIONADO

For Immediate Release
Case # 03SF2415

March 7, 2008

Susan Kang Schroeder
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MAN DRIVING DRUNK AT 100 MPH SENTENCED
FOR MURDERING MOTHER OF THREE AND
HARLEY DAVIDSON AFICIONADO

  *The victim’s husband was riding beside her when she was hit

 

SANTA ANA – A drunk driver who ran over and murdered Harley Davidson aficionado and mother of three, Carla Olsen, was sentenced today to 15 years to life in prison. Jonathan Barber, 28, Irvine, was convicted July 31, 2007 of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence, and hit and run causing death.  The sentencing enhancement for fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run was found true.

 

At 10:20 p.m. on August 22, 2003, Barber was driving over 100 miles per hour on Irvine Boulevard near Laguna Canyon Road.  He was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .20 and crashed his car into the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The impact of the car caused Olson’s bike to slam into a fence and hurled her onto the road. Olson was out for a Friday night ride with her husband of 25 years, who witnessed his wife being hit and killed.  The victim’s husband was unable to revive her due to the severity of her injuries.  She was pronounced dead at University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange. 

 

Barber fled the scene on foot and was caught by police an hour later as he attempted to hitchhike on Irvine Boulevard.  After being arrested and placed in the back of the patrol car, Barber said to officers, “Why doesn’t anybody feel sorry for me? I didn’t mean to kill the b****.”

 

Olson was a 43-year-old mother of three and Harley Davidson aficionado. She was a college professor who had purchased her Dyna Lowrider motorcycle one year earlier as a Mother’s Day gift for herself.

 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Cameron Talley of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case. 

 

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