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Feb 26, 2010 11:11 PM by Courtney Meznarich

Santa Barbara man pleads guilty in hit-and-run death

A Santa Barbara man pleads guilty to a hit and run crash that killed a woman almost two years ago.

Prosecutors say Gregory Doan, 58, drove his Chevy van up an embankment and hit Carolyn Samuels, 66, back in August 2008.

Samuels was running with 18 other people, as part of the charitable 'Team in Training.'

Investigators say Doan was found to be drunk, and on heroin. He was tested for alcohol nearly two and a half hours after the incident, and his blood alcohol measured .21%. Officers found bottles of vodka in his van, and friends and family testify that he was a chronic alcoholic.

He faces 35 years in prison for vehicular manslaughter and other charges including hit and run, and multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Doan has been charged with DUI four times in the past.

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