A convicted drunk driver who rear-ended a decorated Marine from behind on his motorcycle, nearly killing him, was charged Friday with a DUI-fueled hit-and-run in Tustin.

Jessica Marie Bloom, 31, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to stop at a hit-and-run accident with injury, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of resisting police.

Bloom, who was convicted of drunken driving in October 2016, was sentenced to four years and four months in prison in January 2012 for the near-deadly collision in San Diego.

Bloom rear-ended a motorcycle July 31, 2011, at a red light, nearly killing Gunnery Sgt. David W. Smith, a Bronze Star recipient for valor, who was left comatose for two days, paralyzed for a few days and on life support for more than a week. He was also partially decapitated and sustained lacerated kidney, liver and suffered bleeding on the brain.

Bloom pleaded guilty to DUI causing injury and hit-and-run in that case. Prosecutors said she loaded the front bumper of her SUV into the vehicle and drove away, but witnesses followed her home and called police.

Smith had completed several tours of duty in the Marine Corps in Iraq and survived a roadside bomb attack.

Details of the incident in Tustin were not immediately available.

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