Alleged Drunk Driver Kills Three-Time DUI Offender

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County man on the straight and narrow after three drunken driving convictions has died after being struck by a car driven by a 19-year-old man who authorities say had been drinking.

The Orange County Register reported Friday that 38-year-old Haitham Gamal was bicycling in Dana Point when he was struck by the 2001 Acura on April 29.

Gamal was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash occurred one day after Gamal pleaded guilty to a January 2013 DUI in Orange County Superior Court.

His laywer, Walter Cole, says Gamal was on the "road to recovery" after a history of DUI arrests. He had recently completed an intensive rehabilitation program.

Police have not released the name of the Acura driver.

Detectives are awaiting blood-test results before they send their investigation to prosecutors for possible criminal charges.

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