John Giumarra III during his arraignment on a felony hit-and-run charge stemming from a fatal crash last year. 

A lawsuit has been filed against John Giumarra III on behalf of the family of a bicyclist who died following a crash in which Giumarra has been criminally charged.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by an attorney with Rodriguez & Associates on behalf of the estate of Angela Holder, according to court records. An attorney was not listed for Giumarra. 

A copy of the complaint was not yet available from Kern County Superior Court Thursday.

The first hearing in the case is set for Nov. 1.

Giumarra, 48, pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony hit-and-run charge and two misdemeanor DUI charges. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

Police said Giumarra was driving in the 1600 block of Golden State Avenue when he collided with a bicyclist, Holder, around 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16. He left the scene, according to police, and was found at a Mobil station on F Street.

Holder, 32, died the next day at Kern Medical Center.

According to a probable cause declaration, Giumarra's blood alcohol content was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit. 

Police requested felony DUI charges, but District Attorney Lisa Green said those charges were not appropriate because Giumarra didn't commit an "independent unlawful act" other than driving while impaired that caused Holder's death. 

Jeremy Brehmer, Giumarra's attorney, has said his client did not cause the crash. 

The next hearing in the criminal case is scheduled for Aug. 16. 

In 2015, Giumarra pleaded no contest to a "wet and reckless" charge after police found him under the influence in a vehicle parked in the driveway of his home. The charge carries much the same penalties as a DUI.

Giumarra is a member of the family that runs Giumarra Vineyards Corporation, which packs and ships table grapes and is headquartered just east of Bakersfield.

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hes a real p.o.s. to every one wife kids n people on bikles . hes still a killer




Gee, I wonder if I was over two times the limit, I already had priors, I ran someone over and killed them, then drove away blocks, if they would say I was just "wet", and the was riding a bike drunk so it was their fault? They should sentence him to death by having to drink a bottle of Giumarra Wine.


What a travesty of justice. The only reason for these lessor charges is the name. I guarantee had it been me or any other John Q. Citizen the felony charges would never have been questioned. our entire society is crashing all around us because law enforcement is not meted out equitably. A slap on the wrist and "Don't do that again.". Hopefully the civil suit will be successful and provide some punishment to the defendant.


I think it's horrible the extent to which the DA is trying to make this as easy as possible for him to get off. The media, through either incompetent reporting or connections to the family, is helping him as well. A quick search reveals that Giumarra has TWO (not one) DUIs pleaded down to wet and reckless (even if one is inadmissible, the public has a right to know, looking at you MEDIA), as well as a drunk in public and a restraining order thrown in for good measure. The man is a horrible person. How is it his third DUI is only a misdemeanor? DA said they couldn't find anything he did wrong to charge with felony DUI (except for of course MURDERING an innocent woman), only to find out that he was parked in another parking lot much further away and drove, at TWICE the legal alcohol limit, with cops behind him, to the Mobile gas station. Yet the media couldn't be bothered to investigate these facts and we had to learn them from the civil suit details. You are telling me that he didn't cross a yellow line, not put his blinker on etc. etc. that entire way to the gas station? No, DA is trying to help him and it's unethical to say the least. Yeah, it's the poor murdered victim that is at fault. Isn't that what we are to take from this? How dare she slow down Giumarra's car with her body. Hey everyone! You can drive drunk in Kern County and KILL people and all you will get is a misdemeanor wet and reckless!! Woohoo! I wonder how Lisa Green sleeps at night....disgusting.


Well said. I agree 100%

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