Murder gets 15 years for killing cyclist in Newport Beach

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.

Niel Stephany pic

Addict Stephany has been convicted of murder, his pickup was his weapon.

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.

Back Bay Drive Closure Update

The final roadway markings are being applied today and the roadway will be open for all users this weekend.

Installation of new signs and markers will begin Monday and is planned to be complete by Thursday. During this task, the vehicle gates will again be closed to prohibit vehicles, but cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed on the roadway. Upon completion of this task, the roadway will again be opened to all users.

NOTE: During this project, construction workers and equipment may be on the roadway. Users should use caution when entering into and traveling along Back Bay.

Please pass this information on to others that may be interested. If you desire more information, I can be reached at the email address or number below.

Have a great day!

Brad Sommers, PE
Senior Civil Engineer
Public Works Department
City of Newport Beach

bsommers@newportbeachca.gov
949-644-3326

Newport Beach – Back Bay Closure

Back Bay Drive Temporarily Closed for Maintenance 2/17-2/27
Closure Area from Shellmaker Road to Eastbluff Drive

The scenic portion of Back Bay Drive, from Shellmaker Road to Eastbluff Drive will be closed to all  users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorists) weekdays beginning Tuesday, February 17 until Friday, February 27 while the road is resurfaced, striped and new signage is installed. The roadway will reopen for the weekend.

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