woman who worked as a housekeeper at the Four Seasons Hotel in
Newport Beach, police said.
Herrera fled the scene but turned herself in on June 7 after
Newport Beach police investigators tracked down her car and her
family in Santa Ana.
Awad had been in a coma since the accident and took a turn for the
worse last week, said his brother, Keith Awad.
"He suffered severe brain injuries," Keith Awad said. "And then
infection set in. Ever since he got hit, he has just been clinging on
to his life."
With the turn of events, police have not yet made a decision about
altering the charges, Newport Beach Police Lt. John Klein said.
"We're still investigating the accident," he said. "We still need
some questions answered. Once we have the complete picture, we'll be
making a decision about the nature of the charges."
Paul Awad's mother, Jeannie Awad-Morgan, said her family has
decided not to press charges against Herrera.
"There's no joy in taking two lives," she said. "Paul was young
and just starting out his life. So was she."
Awad-Morgan said she and her family "would leave it to the
authorities" and not worry about pursuing the prosecution.
The family held a press conference days after the incident seeking
the public's help to catch the hit-and-run driver. At least 100 of
Paul Awad's friends flocked to the police department to show their
support for the family. Paul Awad was a Corona del Mar High School
graduate and worked at Neiman Marcus in Fashion Island at the time of
his accident. He was also pursuing a career as a photographer.
Cara Mungo, one of his best friends, said she is "in shock." Her
fiance, James Jerome Snyder, died in a hit-and-run car crash on the
Costa Mesa Freeway about nine months ago.
"Paul had made a pact with Jerome that he was going to take care
of me," Mungo said. "But he too is gone now. I can't believe it. It's
confusing. It's hard to understand."
Mungo said goodbye to Paul Awad Saturday morning, hours before his
Keith Awad baptized his son in his brother's presence Saturday
morning, he said.
"Paul was his godfather," he said. "And we did it right there in