Thursday, June 21, 2007

Driver in Halberstam crash to face charge

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.

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