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Dec 9, 2013 6:51 PM by KSBY News

Hit and run victim identified; suspect loses job

Santa Barbara police have identified the woman injured in a hit and run crash last week as Mallory Dies. She was allegedly struck by a car driven by an aide to Representative Lois Capps.

According to a page set up for her on the CaringBridge.com website, as of Monday morning, she remained in critical condition and needed to undergo brain surgery.

Raymond Morua, 32, was arrested in connection to the hit and run early Friday morning.

Police said he had a blood alcohol level of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

Officers say Dies was crossing the street in downtown Santa Barbara when Morua allegedly hit her.

Morua was charged Monday with two counts of DUI causing injury, with special allegations of inflicting great bodily injury. He was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Morua has two prior convictions for driving under the influence. The first was in November of 2006 and the second was in May of 2007, both in Ventura County.

At the request of the Santa Barbara Police Department, Morua's bail was increased Saturday from $100,000 to $250,000. He is expected to be in court on Tuesday morning. The District Attorney's Office says Morua faces a maximum of eight years in prison if convicted of all counts.

According to Capps' press secretary, Chris Meagher, as of this past weekend, Morua is no longer employed in the congresswoman's office. Meagher told KSBY Capps' office follows House procedures when hiring employees and that potential staff are vetted through interviews and reference checks; however, the office does not routinely perform criminal background checks. Meagher said the office is now reviewing its hiring procedures.

In a statement, Capps' office said, "The congresswoman expects all those who work for her and on behalf of the people of the Central Coast to behave responsibly and professionally at all times."

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