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Driver starts trial for DUI crash, abandoning passenger
October 30, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Henock Admassu

A Daly City man who allegedly left his seriously injured passenger for hours inside a crashed car off an embankment before returning to move the man into the driver’s seat ahead of authorities’ arrival is standing trial this week for felony drunk driving and driving on a suspended license.

Henock Admassu, 24, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and an additional charge of fleeing the scene of an accident was dismissed at a preliminary hearing. The case was assigned to a judge Monday and jury selection began yesterday.

The odd chain of events began just before midnight Dec. 10, 2012, when Admassu called 911 to say he was involved in an accident but disoriented and unclear where he left the vehicle containing an injured passenger. About 45 minutes later, he arrived at his sister’s home and awoke her with the same story. They reportedly spent the next few hours driving around looking for the spot and called 911 again around 4 a.m. to report the vehicle’s location 300 feet down off an embankment off Skyline Boulevard.

When Daly City police and the California Highway Patrol arrived, they reportedly spotted Admassu pulling the passenger from a Dodge Charger and pushing him back into the driver’s side seat. Admassu was uninjured in the crash and, seven hours after, his blood alcohol level was .05.

He remains free from custody on $150,000 bail.

 

 

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