A Santa Ana man was arrested by local police in Orange County after an alleged hit and run accident that left one woman dead last week. Steven Newcomer, who is 43 years old, was reportedly driving a sport utility vehicle in Garden Grove last Thursday night when he struck an unidentified woman on a motorcycle and fled the scene of the accident. Investigators in the case believe Newcomer may have been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time. The motorcyclist was a 25-year-old woman whose name has not been released since her family has not yet been located or notified of her death.
According to reports, responding officers and paramedics at the scene found the woman with severe injuries and rushed her to a local hospital where she later died. Newcomer was found near the scene of the accident. He was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, as well as felony driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and vehicular manslaughter. No word has been released as to when he is expected in court.
Part of the reason lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are so aggressive in dealing with people who drink and drive is precisely because the consequences can be life-altering. Being convicted of manslaughter because you were driving under the influence of alcohol can land you in a state prison for several years. If gross negligence or extreme recklessness, then you may be facing up to 10 years in prison. In cases where a car accident that causes another person's death does not include the consumption of alcohol, being convicted of vehicular manslaughter alone can send you to prison for up to four years. While possible prison sentences should be taken in all seriousness, you do not have to feel as though you do not have options.