MAN DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE ARRAIGNED FOR HIT AND RUN, RENDERING VICTIM IN COMA WITH SEVERE BRAIN INJURY


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 11CF3348






December 14, 2011

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MAN DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE ARRAIGNED FOR HIT AND RUN, RENDERING VICTIM IN COMA WITH SEVERE BRAIN INJURY

 

SANTA ANA – A man was arraigned today on charges of driving on a suspended license and causing another driver severe brain injury in a hit and run crash. Oscar Paz, 31, Huntington Beach, is charged with one felony count of hit and run with injury and one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison. The defendant is being held on $50,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Dec. 21, 2011, in Department C-57 at 9:00 a.m., Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

 

At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2011, Paz is accused driving at a high rate of speed in his Volkswagen Jetta in the California State Route 22 slow lane, approaching Magnolia Street. Paz is accused of driving with a suspended license for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket. The defendant is accused of rear-ending the Nissan Pulsar of 66-year-old victim G. Krishnan. The victim’s vehicle was thrust across all freeway lanes into a center divider. Paz is accused of exiting the freeway without stopping to assist or offer help to G. Krishnan, knowing the victim might be hurt or in distress. The defendant is accused of parking his car in a nearby strip mall and fleeing on foot. He is accused of calling his wife for a ride home.

 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), who arrived at the scene and found the defendant’s car nearby, investigated the case. Seven hours after the collision, Paz turned himself into the CHP Westminster office.

 

The victim sustained injuries to the head and was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center, where he remains in a coma in critical condition.

 

Senior Deputy District Attorney Alison Gyves of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

 

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