Thursday, June 21, 2007
A UC Berkeley journalism graduate student who was behind the wheel when Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam (pictured) was killed in a car crash will be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, a prosecutor said today, according to the AP and the Mercury News. Kevin Jones, 26, could get up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000 if convicted. Jones had volunteered to chauffeur Halberstam, the 73-year-old former New York Times reporter and nationally-acclaimed author, from Berkeley to Palo Alto to interview Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle for a new book. The crash on April 23 occurred at the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road in Menlo Park and involved three cars. Jones was attempting to make a left-hand turn against a red light when his 1989 Toyota Camry and collided with an Infiniti, according to San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Posted by San Francisco Peninsula Press Club at 10:44 PM