No jail time for hit-and-run driver

The driver in a hit-and-run accident that killed a man in downtown Mountain View avoided jail time when she was sentenced Monday. Keibun Son's license was suspended and she was fined and sentenced to probation and community service almost one year after the deadly accident, a spokeswoman with the county district attorney's office said.

At about 7:40 p.m. on July 19, 2010, Son hit Manuel Enos, an 80-year-old from Mountain View, with her Toyota Corolla. Enos was crossing California Street at its intersection with Franklin Street.

Son fled the scene of the accident, but later turned herself in to authorities. She was arrested and bailed out the same day. Enos died in the hospital on July 20 as a result of the injuries he suffered in the accident.

Son was not sentenced to any jail time, in part because of her cooperation with authorities. Son ultimately pleaded no contest to felony hit and run. A vehicular manslaughter charge was dropped.

Katrina Ohde, the prosecuting deputy district attorney in the case, said that Son's early acceptance of responsibility and willingness to plead guilty to a serious charge were "important factors" in determining her sentence.

"She was very cooperative," Ohde said, noting that the district attorney's office did not seek a state prison sentence for Son.

Son was ordered to pay $7,500 in damages to the victim's family and about $612 in various legal fees, according to Lisa McCrary, public information officer for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. Son will serve two years probation and must complete 200 hours of community service. Son's driver's license will be suspended for one year.


Posted by Mark, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Based on the genius rationale of D.A. Katrina Ohde, you can use your car as a 3,000 lb. weapon, FLEE THE SCENE of the killing, return to the scene after thinking about it for a while, take responsibility and finally PLEAD GUILTY, AND YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A JAIL SENTENCE FOR 2ND DEGREE VEHICULAR HOMICIDE *and* LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT THAT YOU CAUSED AND THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF A MAN ... TO THE D.A. OHDE = WAY TO KEEP OUR MOUNTAIN VIEW STREETS SAFE! So, not a bad price to pay for KILLING SOMEONE with your car = $7,500 payoff to the DEAD victim's family, insignificant amount of fees, 2 years probation, 200 hrs. of community service - AND SHE ONLY LOSES HER DRIVER'S LICENSE FOR ONE (1) YEAR!!!! SO, this incompetent driver will be returning to our streets in Mountain View in a year! GREAT! The victim's family got some money -- BUT DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THAT A MAN DIED??? WHERE IS HIS JUSTICE???

Posted by Connie, a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Unbelievable, people have gotten sentenced to jail for much less criminal actions. She hit & ran and killed a man and that is the punishment she is receiving because she turned herself in and was cooperative. What a bunch of BS, it's no wonder criminals have no regard for the law let alone other human beings. What an example you have set.

Posted by Sean, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I completely agree with you, Mark. This is obscene. The DA's office is in need of some serious adult supervision, and has been for some time. Katrina Ohde should be ashamed of herself and I question why she is still employed.

Why did the police even bother arresting Son? They could have used the mountain of resources they spent on this actually doing something productive.

Posted by Mark, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

OH -- and I'm just SO happy for the D.A. that she didn't have to do her job AND PROSECUTE A CRIMINAL (which certainly saved her and her staff lots of time and effort, so good for them!!! -- NOT!), and instead, our District Attorney (charged with PROTECTING THE PUBLIC, which - DUH! - is NOT the same as permitting a killer to walk free!) gave Son a FREE GET OUT OF JAIL CARD for simply pleading guilty??? Damn -- I'VE GOT AN IDEA --- HOW ABOUT THERE BEING A REAL AND APPROPRIATE CONSEQUENCE TO USING YOUR CAR AS A WEAPON WHICH KILLED ANOTHER HUMAN BEING !!! Oh, THAT'S RIGHT! --- her "willingness to plead guilty to a serious charge" WAS ENOUGH TO LET HER ESCAPE ANY REAL AND JUST CONSEQUENCES TO KILLING ANOTHER HUMAN BEING!!! Oh wait -- the killer lost her license for a year! OH WELL THEN, THAT MAKES UP FOR HER KILLING A MAN! ... I would be willing to be money that SON-THE-KILLER-DRIVER HAS NO BUSINESS DRIVING A CAR AND IS AN INCOMPETENT AND DANGEROUS DRIVER TO BEGIN WITH ... HEY, D.A. Katrina Ohde --- would you feel so forgiving if that were YOUR father who was run-down and killed by a driver who probably should have NEVER been issued a driver's license ??? Doubtful ... why did the DMV give her a license to begin with? I would be willing to bet money that at this very moment, she would FLUNK a behind-the-wheel DMV driver's test ... whatever happened to doing what was best for the safety and well-being of the public-at-large??? If her incompetence and irresponsible driving behavior had killed MY father, she would have a LOT more to worry about than some community service ...

Posted by Member, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

So, Mark, do you feel the death penalty would be 'justice'? An eye for an eye?

There is no justice in an accident. Son was guilty of felony hit 'n run, she went into shock and drove home. She didn't 'lawyer up' and deny. There was no guarantee she would avoid jail.

I've been intentionally assaulted by a car full of guys that hit me, drove away, hanging out the window and laughing. The CHP wouldn't even take my report. These are the people that D.A.s and law enforcement should go after to keep our streets safe, not a person who takes responsibility, if perhaps belatedly.

Posted by Mark, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm


Posted by OUTRAGED!!!!, a resident of Castro City
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Mark, I agree 100%

$7500 is hardly enough, I bet she transfered proerty out of her name over the past year, somebody should look at that.

Odds are she probably will be in another accident, and I hope she gets the worse end of it

Posted by Katrina MustGo, a resident of Castro City
on Jul 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm

OK DA Katrina Ohde has set the rules. Here's the steps to take in case you hit someone with your car in Mnt View:
1) FLEE THE SCENE! DRIVE AWAY FAST!!! There's a chance nobody saw you or got your license plate.
2) IF and ONLY IF you are identified is it the time to turn yourself in.
3) After turning yourself in, pretend its what you would have done all along, but say you were in shock.

Remember, the DA wants to encourage people to flee the scene of vehicular manslaughter. Only accept blame if they ID you or your car, and then accept blame. You'll walk out of the door with a very minor slap on the wrist.

With Katrina at the wwheel we are not legally protected in the system. This is how the seeds of vigilantes get planted when the people sworn to do the job fail. DISGUSTING!

Posted by ThinkPeople, a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

What's not listed on this article (by fault of bad journalism) are all the circumstance that is involved in this accident. Did the pedestrian walk in front of a moving vehicle? Was the lighting in the intersection poor? Was the road slippery?

You can't make a judgement by hearing the simple explanation.

Posted by Think4Yourself, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

@ThinkPeople, which of those excuses you listed makes it OK to flee the scene after you kill someone with your car? Do tell, we're all waiting.

Posted by Mark, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

@Member: I was raised to believe that 2 wrongs don't make a right ... her behavior KILLED A MAN = #1 wrong ----- being given a slap on the wrist for KILLING A MAN = #2 wrong ... again, if that were YOUR father who she ran over, would you feel that "forgive and forget" is justice being served? REALLY??? No, NO DEATH PENALTY -- don't be absurd. HOWEVER, 3 - 5 years in a California State Prison for Women would have been minimally acceptable when it comes to justice being served ... again, what if it was YOUR father who she ran down and killed??? IF she had remained at the scene of the "accident", might she have given some type of aid to the dead man that COULD HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE? We'll never know, will we? NICE -- her COWARDLY behavior as she ESCAPED, driving away AFTER HITTING A HUMAN BEING WITH HER CAR!, ALONG WITH HER HAVING USED HER CAR AS A BATTERING RAM, A KILLING WEAPON -- THAT deserves a prison sentence.

Posted by Appalled, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Not much to add, other than I am very sad to see that as a frequent pedestrian and bicyclist that I am not as valued by the DA as a hit and run driver and my worth to the DA probably goes down as I get older ($7500 to the 80 yo victim's family? Really?). I try to be as careful as possible when driving my car and motorcycle and would never dream of leaving an injured person laying on the deck and trying to avoid taking responsibility for my actions. Keibun Son should have received a much more severe sentence including some serious jail time and loss of driving privilages, repentent or not. Use a gun to kill intentionally or not and get 20 years to life, use a car and get less than a slap on the wrist. Go figure. I hope the family of Mr. Manuel Enos uses the $7500 to help fund the election of whoever runs against the DA in the next election.

Posted by Mark, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Doesn't ANYONE accept PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for their ACTIONS??? Is it ALWAYS someone else's fault? Like that old and oh-so-true saying goes: DON'T DO THE CRIME IF YOU CAN'T DO THE TIME.

Posted by Jim, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm

agree with 'member'.
what are you people suggesting? what justice are you seeking in this case, given it was an accident to start with and she turned herself in and did not contest?

Posted by Mark, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm

An "accident" is something that cannot be avoided ... "proving one's inability to drive safely, showing irresponsible and heartless behavior AFTER running someone over with your car, and THEN NOT STOPPING TO HELP THE VICTIM" is NOT an "accident" -- that's an "ON PURPOSE" when you KNOW you have no business driving a car and just decide "Screw everyone else! Let THEM watch out for ME and deal with MY dangerous driving habits!" ... nice attitude, really nice attitude ...

Posted by jupiterk, a resident of Gemello
on Jul 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

once again, the system is corrupt and imperfect. Being a woman and an Asian, she is getting away with it. A jewish woman or a white woman probably would go free as well.
I understand that she didn't do this purposely. But if the culprit had been a black woman or a black man or a latino man or an Asian Indian man, this punishment would be definitely far severe.

Somehow , someone pulled lot of strings to let this woman go free. Welcome to a rotten and corrupt system of justice.

Posted by bkengland, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jul 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

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Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm

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@Katrina MustGo:

"With Katrina at the wheel we are not legally protected in the system. This is how the seeds of vigilantes get planted when the people sworn to do the job fail. DISGUSTING!"

You raise a good point, here. If the law fails us all so miserably, one can easily envision some folk adopting a vigilante position when it comes to dealing with people such as Keibun Son, and her ilk.

Posted by don'tworrybeehappy, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

don'tworrybeehappy is a registered user.

wowww I'm sure one's life is worth MUCH more than $7,500. This is UNBELIEVABLE. I really hope Keibun Son WHO EVER you are, that you are going to either read all these posts and know that people wish you THE WORST or just simply suffer from knowing you killed someone for the REST of your life. Or wait, maybe KARMA will get you back one day,huh?! This story touched me so much, I made a profile just to comment on it. Keibun Son, KARMA is a ..........

Posted by don'tworrybeehappy, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

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I just googled Keibun Son's name and this is what came up:

Keibun Son practices acupuncture in Mountain View, California.
Not going to put up the adress but it's on castro. I really hope Son gets fired.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

USA is a registered user.

"Enos died in the hospital on July 20"

The article was written July 19.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 20, 2011 at 4:10 pm

USA is a registered user.

$7,500 for a Mexican? Heck, I'll buy two and use one as a spare.

(Yes, that is satire.)

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

USA is a registered user.

I am sure that Mr. Enos's family needs closure and does the community on the events of that awful day. We need to know why she ran. Why did she leave him in the street to died?

Posted by don'tworrybeehappy, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

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@USA because she is a heartless .....

I can't believe she is not getting jail time. and she is still sitting in that office.

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