PALMDALE – A 20-year-old Pearblossom man accused of slamming a stolen truck into the back of a school bus and causing the death of his passenger is facing multiple felony charges.
Douglas Fiddament was charged Thursday with murder, receiving stolen property (motor vehicle), possession for sale of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and three counts of driving or taking a vehicle without consent, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Fiddament was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in an Antelope Valley courtroom, but the arraignment was postponed until Feb. 3, Santiago stated.
Authorities said Fiddament was speeding in a stolen 1997 Dodge Ram on Jan. 13 when he rear-ended a yellow school bus, which was parked on the west curb line of 40th Street East, just north of the intersection of Bella Vita Way in Palmdale.
The bus driver was unharmed and no children were aboard the bus, but Fiddament’s passenger was killed in the collision. As of Thursday afternoon, the passenger’s name had not yet been released pending next of kin notification.
Fiddament was arrested around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, and he remains jailed on $1 million bail.
UPDATE: The passenger killed in the collision has been identified as 33-year-old Manuel Lopez, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
UPDATED 2/4/15: Fiddament appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Tuesday, Feb. 3, but did not enter a plea. His arraignment was postponed until March 4.
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