|For Immediate Release
Case # 14NF1352
March 27, 2014
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Cell: 714-292-2718Farrah Emami
SPEEDING DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR KILLING WOMAN CROSSING STREET
SANTA ANA – A speeding driver under the influence of drugs is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for driving through a red light and killing a woman crossing the intersection at a shopping center. Paul Collins Pike, 32, Orange, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs causing bodily injury with sentencing enhancement allegations for causing great bodily injury, prior strike conviction for first degree burglary in 2001, and prior prison convictions for first degree burglary in 2001, possession of a dirk or dagger in 2003, and possessing a weapon while incarcerated in 2007. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 28 years in state prison. He is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, March 28, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2014, Pike is accused of driving his Ford Explorer, while under the influence of methamphetamine, at a high rate of speed on La Palma Avenue in Buena Park. He is accused of speeding through a red light at the intersection of La Palma Avenue and Buena Park Downtown East Street and hitting 45-year-old Angela C. as she was legally crossing the intersection in a marked crosswalk and causing a collision involving six other vehicles.
The victim was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, where she died from her injuries suffered in the crash.
Deputy District Attorney Anna McIntire of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.