Neil Storm Stphany, 24, was driving under the influence of heroin when he murdered a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash in Newport Beach. He was found guilty by a jury of felony murder October 26. Yesterday he received the maximum– 15 years to life– for his crime.
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Oct 19 of last year, Stephany drove a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, while under the influence of heroin, westbound on PCH in Newport Beach. Just east of Los Trancos he swerved into the bike lane and drove into the back of 30-year-old bicyclist Shaun Eagleson. He then continued into the guardrail and left the scene without stopping.
Witnesses called 911 to report Stephany’s as he drove away from the scene. Paramedics arrived and transported Eagleson to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo where
he later died from his injuries.
Newport Beach Police located and arrested Stephany half an hour later near Newport Center Drive and East Coast Highway. He had a 2011 DUI conviction and in 2013 signed a statement at that time acknowledging that he could be charged with murder if he killed someone while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker successfully prosecuted this case.