Irvine Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Motorcyclist While Driving Drunk
The Los Angeles Times reports that an Irvine man who fled the country to avoid prosecution for killing a 23-year-old man riding a motorcycle while driving drunk has entered a guilty plea in connection with the case. The 42-year-old man fled to South Korea after striking and killing a motorcyclist in October 2005. The accused was reportedly driving his SUV on the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana with his headlights off late at night when he crashed into the center median on 55. After the man crashed his SUV, the motorcyclist could not see the vehicle and crashed into the rear of it, causing him to be thrown onto the freeway where he was run over by several vehicles.
Prosecutors in the case said that the man and six co-workers had drunk 14 bottles of a Korean rice wine called soju before they went to a karaoke bar and continued drinking the night of the accident. The Orange County district attorney’s office said that the man fled from the accident scene and boarded a flight for South Korea the next day. He was arrested on a fugitive warrant there in December 2008, and was returned to the United States to stand trial the following January. He could be sentenced to a maximum of nine years in a California state prison.
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