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Impaired Driver Faces Charges in Fatal Newport Beach Car Accident


A 37-year-old Riverside woman is facing DUI, hit-and-run, and vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with a Newport Beach car accident in which, police say, she struck and killed bicyclist Donald Murphy, 49. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Patricia Ann Izquieta was reportedly under the influence of prescription drugs on December 9, 2009, as she rear-ended the bicyclist on Jamboree Road, with her Saturn SUV.

Fatal DUI Hit-and-Run Collision

After striking Murphy, Izquieta kept driving and dragged the bicycle under her car for more than a mile. Prosecutors say Izquieta was taking prescription medications including Methadone and Clonazepam and was impaired as a result of taking those drugs. Izquieta has been charged with one felony count of hit-and-run with death, one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury.

I’m relieved to hear that this hit-and-run driver was not only taken off the street, but has also, been appropriately charged by the district attorney. My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved Donald Murphy for their tragic and devastating loss.

Call Anonymously and Be Rewarded For It

The Newport Beach car accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys has teamed up with WeTip to provide an effective anonymous hit-and-run reporting system. With this system, no one knows who calls. You can report a hit-and-run driver and help get him or her off our streets. Our goal is to stop hit-and-runs by providing a means and an incentive to turn in offenders. Every year, there are thousands of hit-and-run accidents, some more serious than others, that occur in Southern California. You may also get yourself a cash reward for your tip. Even the reward payments are made anonymously. This system offers up to a $1,000 reward for reports leading to a felony conviction.

Hit-and-run or leaving the scene of an accident is not just wrong or immoral, but it is a serious crime. According to California Vehicle Code section 20001: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”

Remaining at the scene of the accident is about taking responsibility. Our goal is to drastically reduce hit-and-run numbers. It is an ambitious plan, no question about it. But with our collaboration with WeTip and you, the community, we hope to achieve our goal. Please check out our website at If you have a tip about a hit-and-run driver or accident, call 800-6-Hit-N-Run (800-644-8678).

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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