A 26-year-old Costa Mesa man charged with a drug-related collision in Huntington Beach may face upgraded charges as the victim succumbed to her injuries Friday.
Christopher Ellis Johnstone is charged with a felony count of driving under the influence of a drug causing injury with a sentencing-enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and destroying or concealing evidence.
Johnstone was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe on Memorial Day just before 6 p.m. when he collided with a 1975 Honda motorcycle on Beach Boulevard north of Liberty Drive, according to Jennifer Carey, a spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach Police Department.
The motorcycle rider, 26-year-old Chanel Garcia of Newport Beach, was taken in critical condition to an area hospital, where she died Friday, Carey said.
Johnstone was driving behind the motorcycle southbound on Beach when she slowed for a traffic signal and was rear-ended by the Tahoe, Carey said.
Johnstone is next due in court June 15 for a pretrial hearing in the West Justice Center in Westminster.