Alameda Probation Officer Charged In Death Of Cyclist

by Staff Blogger | August 22nd, 2011

August 22, 2011

Charges have been filed against an Alameda County probation officer following a tragic auto accident, when the officer hit and killed a cyclist. An article by CBS-San Francisco stated the officer has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for her part in the crash.

The accident occurred on June 15 in Castro Valley, California, along Fairmont Drive. It was just after 9:30 AM when the 32-year-old female officer was heading east in her Honda Civic along the winding road. She spilled her drink in her lap and looked down while maneuvering a turn, allowing the car to drift toward the shoulder of the road and into the path of the 53-year-old cyclist who was sharing the lane. At the point of impact, the biker rolled onto the hood of the Civic and struck his head on the windshield before falling into the roadway. Although the man was wearing a helmet, he suffered major trauma and was pronounced dead at the nearby Eden Medical Center.

The officer faces a maximum sentence in the case of up to one year in county jail on the charges.

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