Reporting Maria Medina
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Paul Walden, the man accused of a hit-and-run DUI crash in July that killed one person, injured another and killed four dogs, has been charged with murder.
“Anytime you lose a child, it’s just a horrific thing to have happen,” said Chris Randall, victim’s father.
On July 16, Harison Long-Randall and his girlfriend Gemily West were walking West’s four dogs across the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Engle Road in Carmichael when a speeding car came up and hit them. Long-Randall was able to push West out of the harm’s way, but he was hit on the leg. All of the dogs were killed. West also suffered a serious leg injury during the incident.
Long-Randall lost his leg in the accident. About two weeks later, while recovering in the hospital, his condition worsened and he died.
Walden, 31, was arrested a few days after the crash as he left his mother’s home in North Highlands. He was charged with driving under the influence and hit-and-run.
Walden has multiple previous DUI convictions.
“I think the charges are appropriate for the crime,” Harison’s sister Mary Beth Randall said.
“We’re headed in the right direction and hopefully we’ll get justice soon,” Chris said. “We’re very happy with the outcome of how everything is going.”