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Driver pleads guilty to hit-and-run that killed bicyclist

January 5, 2012 |  2:29 pm

A Huntington Beach man pleaded guilty Thursday to a hit-and-run accident that killed a bicyclist.

Adam Carl Garrett, 19, admitted to crashing his car into a bike carrying Hung Khac Do, 25, and fleeing without reporting the accident, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Garrett was driving toward Huntington Beach at 3 a.m. May 15 when his car collided with Do, who was riding his bicycle down Warner Avenue. Do was thrown from his bicycle and landed in the street.

Garrett drove off to his home four miles away, prosecutors said.

A limousine driver found Do lying in the road. Another driver passing by stopped to perform CPR on Do while they waited for police, according to the district attorney's report. 

Do was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead 40 minutes later. An autopsy revealed Do died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Garrett called the police shortly after the accident but lied about his involvement, authorities said.  Police went to Garrett's home later that morning and discovered his dented Toyota Camry. The damage was consistent with a collision with a bicycle, authorities said.

Garrett was convicted of a felony count of hit-and-run causing death and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without negligence. 

He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, pay $14,000 in restitution to Do's family and serve three years of probation.


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