PORTERVILLE, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A Porterville man was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for an April alcohol-related hit and run crash, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said.
Mohamed Mohamed, 22, pled no contest to all charges filed against him by the DA in a July 30 trial for felony mayhem, driving under the influence, driving with a .08% blood alcohol content causing injury, hit and run resulting in serious injury, and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license.
Spokeswoman Mikki Verissimo said the DUI counts were enhanced with the special allegations that the crimes caused brain injury and paralysis.
“On behalf of the victim’s family, I am grateful Judge Sheltzer sentenced the defendant to the maximum allowed under California law,” District Attorney Tim Ward said. “However, it is long past time for our state to take punishments for this crime seriously.”
At around 12:40 a.m. on April 12, California Highway Patrol officers responded to a major injury wreck in the area of West Teapot Dome Avenue, Verissimo said. Officers found two vehicles resting on their wheels and another on its roof.
An adult male victim, determined to be a pedestrian who was standing in front of his home when the crash occurred, was seen lying on the ground with extensive injuries – both legs had been severed from his body.
A witness saw Mohamed flee the area on foot before emergency crews arrived, Verissimo said.
Porterville Police ran the suspect vehicle’s plates, made contact with Mohamed at the car’s registered address and took him into custody.
Verissimo said he failed a series of field sobriety tests and provided two preliminary alcohol screening tests which resulted in a .126% and .137% BAC.
Forensics found that Mohamed’s car computer system, a newer model BMW M4, showed that the car reached a speed of over 150 mph just before the crash.
“Mr. Mohamed will serve his time, but his victim will never be released from the life-altering trauma he suffered because of Mr. Mohamed’s profoundly bad decision to drive drunk,” Ward said. “My office will always argue for maximum punishment allowed by the law in these tragic instances. Too many innocent lives and families are forever altered by this entirely
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Brittany Knotts and was investigated by the California Highway Patrol and the Porterville Police Department.