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Monday, April 14, 2008

Charges recommended in fatal California crash

From the San Jose Mercury News:
A report by California Highway Patrol investigators recommends that a Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy face criminal charges for smashing his patrol car into a group of bicyclists, killing two of them.

After a month-long investigation, the CHP is suggesting in the report that the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office file two misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges against Deputy James "Tommy" Council, sources told the Mercury News.

If Council were convicted of these charges, the 27-year-old deputy could face up to two years in jail. While no information was available Friday regarding the CHP's rationale for its recommendation, the fact that Council might face misdemeanor charges -- rather than felonies -- suggests investigators do not believe the deputy is guilty of gross negligence such as drunken driving. ... (More)
Prosecutors are reviewing the case.

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