DA accuses UC Berkeley graduate of negligence in Auto Accident

by bil | June 22nd, 2007

According to news reports in the San Francisco Chronicle the 26-year-old University of California, Berkeley, graduate student driving the car involved in a crash that killed award-winning journalist David Halberstam in April faces misdemeanor criminal charges in the accident, the San Mateo County.

San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Kevin Jones will be charged with vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. He faces up to a year in county jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Wagstaffe said, “Our belief is that the conduct engaged by Mr. Jones in going through a red light and turning into oncoming traffic that resulted in the death of Mr. Halberstam was more than simply a mistake. It was negligence that caused the auto accident that lead to the death of another human being and that warranted a criminal charge.”