Sometimes life is filled with ironies that defy description, let alone understanding. Just such a situation unfolded in the case of a man in Orange County, California. Haitham Gamal, 38, had been previously convicted of three separate DUI incidents and had just been released from a rehab facility when he was himself tragically struck and killed by another drunken driver.
According to authorities in Dana Point, on April 29th, Gamal had been riding his bicycle when a 2001 Acura hit him. Gamal was pronounced dead at the scene the accident.
Sadly, the fatal crash happened just one day after Gamal had plead guilty to a DUI charge made in January of last year in the Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana. With two other prior DUI convictions, Gamal had been sentenced to five years of probation and 45 days in jail. He was going to serve 20 days in jail and then 45 days of home confinement just one day before he died.
In a statement, Gamal’s attorney said his client had been making real effort toward getting his life back in order when he was hit and killed by the 19 year-old drunken driver.
The name of the driver that has been charged in the incident that hit and killed Gamal has not been released by authorities. Investigators are waiting on the results of a blood test before sending their findings to prosecutors and potential criminal charges from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
During the crash, the vehicle rolled onto its top after it struck Gamal. Both the 19-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at an area hospital.
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