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A Rohnert Park man was arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court Thursday afternoon on charges in connection with the crash death of an American Canyon teen near Petaluma on Monday. Michael Scott Harmon, 41, did not enter a plea to felony hit-and-run causing injury or death, felony vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and an infraction alleging he was driving without insurance.
His next court date is July 16.Harmon’s 1969 Ford F-150 truck ran off southbound Lakeville Highway south of Old Lakeville No. 1 Road and struck an embankment around midnight Monday, California Highway Patrol Officer Jon Sloat said.The truck then swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the driver’s side of a northbound 1989 GMC S-15 pickup, Sloat said. The crash killed 17-year-old Jahzeel Dwayne Forsen.A witness said the Ford driver ran from the scene, and Harmon, the registered owner of the truck, matched the witness’s description of the driver, Sloat said.Harmon called the CHP around 10 a.m. Monday.
He was brought in for questioning and arrested.Deputy District Attorney Jane Murray said Harmon admitted the hit-and-run and using drugs and alcohol before the crash. The district attorney’s office is waiting for results of a search of Harmon’s truck and tests of Harmon’s blood, Murray said.Harmon is being held under no bail in the Sonoma County jail for allegedly violating his probation for possession of methamphetamine. His bail on the felony charges is $100,000.
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