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Man hurt in Carmichael hit, run dies at hospital

10:09 PM, Jul 29, 2012   |    comments
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  • Harison Randall (left) and Gemily West (right) with their four dogs.
  • Paul William Walden arrested in connection with Carmichael hit and run.

CARMICHAEL, CA - A man that was injured in a hit and run crash two weeks ago died at the hospital.

Harison Long-Randall, 21, was hit by a car while walking at a crosswalk on Engle Road and Garfield Avenue with his girlfriend Gemily West, 23, and their four dogs on Monday, July 16 at 10 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Todd Van Lindt said.

Long-Randall's leg was immediately severed in the crash. He underwent a 7-hour surgery two days after the crash to repair his pelvis, which shattered in two pieces.

Mercy San Juan spokesperson Melissa Jue said Long-Randall passed away Sunday at 3:02 a.m. due to complications from his injuries.

"I'm sorry. I think everybody is really sorry, really sad they have to go through this," neighbor Julie Pilgard said.

The loss saddened an entire community. Many of them reached out to support the young couple, including Randall.

"We were there with him that night. I was by his side for a few minutes. One of the things he said was, 'I am going to be OK.' I think he had a really strong spirt," resident Cathy Buda said.

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West was released from the hospital Tuesday, a week after the crash, after getting treated for a broken leg and other injuries.

The four Australian cattle dogs were killed in the crash.

CHP arrested Paul William Walden, 31, in connection to the hit and run three days after the crash when officers pulled him over for a DUI. On Monday, a week after the hit and run crash, Walden appeared in court and was charged with two felony counts of hit and run, four counts of cruelty to animals and misdemeanor counts of DUI and driving on a suspended license.

CHP Officer Lizz Dutton said investigators are working with the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office to discuss further charges against Walden. He could possibly face felony manslaughter charges, Dutton said; however, the DA's office will ultimately decide what charges Walden will face.

"I certainly hope that they give him what's coming to him," Carmichael resident Judith Arroyo said.



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