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A 20-year-old Dana Point man was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges in an alleged drunken driving crash that killed a bicyclist.

Dominic Devin Carratt was speeding south in an Acura about 11:15 p.m. on April 29, 2014, on Pacific Coast Highway near Shoreline Drive when he lost control of the vehicle during a slight left turn, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

The vehicle collided with 39-year-old Haitham Gamal, who was riding his bicycle in the same direction on the highway, prosecutors said. The vehicle dragged Gamal hundreds of feet before it slammed into a curb at Golden Lantern Drive and overturned, prosecutors said.

Gamal was pronounced dead at the scene, and Carratt and his passenger in the vehicle were taken to an area hospital to be treated for minor injuries, prosecutors said.

Carratt’s blood-alcohol level was measured at .15 percent while he was being treated at the hospital, prosecutors allege.

Carratt is charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit causing bodily injury and faces a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury.

If convicted at trial he could face up to 10 years in prison.

City News Service

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