The Sacramento District Attorney's Office is considering adding homicide charges to a hit-and-run driver accused of hitting a young couple and their dogs last month.
The suspect, 31-year-old Paul William Walden of North Highlands, has been charged with two felony counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident, four felony counts of animal cruelty, two counts of driving on a suspended license, and driving under the influence, according to the Sacramento County Superior Court database.
He was – three days after the accident – by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of DUI during an enforcement stop. He later admitted to being the driver of the hit-and-run.
One of the victims – 21-year-old Harrison Long Randall, of Grass Valley – , which could alter the nature of the case against him. Homicide charges may be added, a DA's Office spokesperson said Wednesday. Randall died from "complications of multiple blunt force injury" as a result of the motor vehicle accident, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office.
The accident occurred around 10 p.m. on at Garfield Avenue and Engle Road in Carmichael. Long-Randall was walking with his girlfriend Gemily West, 23, and his four dogs in a crosswalk, when they were struck.
The suspect has a long criminal history, dating back to July 2001, which includes drug violations, petty theft, vehicle violations, burglary, grand theft and more. Prior to the hit-and-run, Walden had three DUI convictions. He was sentenced to informal probation each time, according to a records search of the Sacramento County Superior Court database.