Felony DUI charges recommended against Giumarra

Posted at 1:30 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 15:15:29-04

UPDATE (Friday, April 7, 12:10 p.m.): Officials at the Kern County DA's Office confirmed Friday they have sent the case back to the BPD for further investigation; they didn't announce why. Giumarra isn't currently facing criminal charges while the investigation continues.


The Bakersfield Police Department is recommending felony charges of DUI causing injury and hit-and-run causing injury against John Giumarra III, the Kern County District Attorney's office said Thursday.

Investigators arrested Giumarra, a member of a well-known Kern County farming family, after they say he hit a bicyclist while under the influence on Golden State Avenue and F Street on January 16, 2017.

Angela Holder, 32, later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Giumarra bailed out after his arrest and hasn't been formally charged yet. It's now up to the DA's Office whether the criminal charges will be filed against him.

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The DA's Office said Giumarra has been convicted of DUI at least once before.