Wednesday, May 12, 2010

STAY AWAY FROM TRAILER PARKS

SANTA ANA - A driver was sentenced today to six years in state prison for hitting and killing a man with a truck after a birthday party at a mobile home park. Felix Anthony Abreu, 22, Anaheim, pleaded guilty to the court to one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one felony count of hit and run with injury.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2008, Abreu left a birthday party in the Quiet Village Mobile Home Park in Santa Ana, where 25-year-old Arthur Carmona had also been in attendance. Abreu got into the driver's seat of a gray 2002 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck, which was registered to a friend, and was recklessly driving at an unsafe speed in the mobile home park.

The defendant turned at a blind corner at an unsafe speed as Carmona, who was outside of the party, and several others attempted to run out of the way to avoid being struck by the defendant. Abreu almost collided with a parked car before hitting the victim. Abreu then reversed and crashed into a brick wall before accelerating and fleeing the scene.

Carmona was transported to Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead due to multiple blunt force trauma injuries including a laceration to the heart.

The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) contacted Abreu the following day. After additional investigation by SAPD, Abreu was arrested Oct. 2, 2008, and was charged by the Orange County District Attorney's Office on Oct. 3, 2008.

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