By Sam Stanton
Sunday's death of Harison Long-Randall has Sacramento District Attorney Jan Scully's office reviewing the possibility of filing homicide charges in the hit and run case.
Scully spokeswoman Shelly Orio said this morning that the office is reviewing "possible homicide charges" but that the degree of a new filing has not been determined.
The suspect, 31-year-old Paul William Walden, originally was charged with nine counts, including driving under the influence, cruelty to animals and hit and run.
But Long-Randall's death Sunday at Mercy San Juan Hospital may expose Walden, who has a lengthy criminal record and a history of DUI arrests, to a much more severe penalty.
Long-Randall was struck in a crosswalk at Garfield Avenue and Engle Road about 10 p.m. July 16 while walking with his girlfriend, Gemily West, and her four dogs. The dogs were killed and West, 23, suffered a compound fracture in her right leg.
West is recovering at home in Carmichael. But Long-Randall, who witnesses say tried to save West from being struck by the speeding car that hit them, lost his leg and was in critical condition until his death.
PHOTO CAPTION: Harison Long-Randall and Gemily West with West's dogs.