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Woman sentenced for felony hit-and-run

Original post made on Apr 19, 2011

Keibun Son, the woman who killed an elderly Mountain View man with her car as he crossed the street in a crosswalk last summer, pleaded no contest to felony hit-and-run April 14. She faces up to one year in prison, and her license will be revoked for one year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 1:02 PM

Comments (20)

Posted by Dumas, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

"...Son was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol..."
Was she texting or talking on a cell phone by any chance?

Posted by tommy g, a resident of Willowgate
on Apr 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm

you have to be kidding me??? are you serious....killing someone is killing someone....are we living in the jungle? this is absurd. [Portion removed; see terms of use.]

Posted by Very harsh Tommy, a resident of Willowgate
on Apr 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

In this day and age it is rare to find a person who is willing to accept that they have made a mistake. I urge you (Tommy) to put yourself in her shoes, try to see the situation from her point of view. It was an accident, one she will never forget, in prison or out of prison. She will always have the guilt of this accident on her mind and in her heart. Lastly, it could be you next time, as you drive down the road as you normally do, a bump in the road might cause you to have just such an accident. The justice system worked and humanity took a step forward.

Posted by Thom, a resident of Jackson Park
on Apr 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Felony hit and run and you get out of jail free? This is beyond words. I've seen people go to jail for doing far less criminal things. This is a joke that isn't funny.
And this - "But it's not uncommon for people to do something like that."

Posted by bkengland, a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Regardless of what occurred in this case, drivers tend to move too fast around town for existing conditions by and large. For example, 25 mph is too fast for downtown along Castro Street (although that is what is posted). And try to stop your car to allow pedestrians to cross Shoreline (legally, using crosswalks) and see how may cars behind you flash lights, honk horns, or swerve into other lanes rather than stop as required by the law. Trying this with another car directly behind you could be considered downright suicidal.z8mHt

Posted by Roadster, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Apr 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Take a good look drivers. As you sped about with your "Me First" attitude you run dangerously close to ending up just like this woman.
Slow down to the speed limit, use your turn signals (ALWAYS) and quit playing that stupid "I just need to get in front of that guy at all costs" game.

Posted by ann, a resident of another community
on Apr 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm

very harsh tommy. that was very well said....thank you for your words

Posted by Marshall, a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm

"a spokeswoman for the police department and the prosecuting deputy district attorney on the case said that the punishment was appropriate"

I'm very saddened by this statement. So little value on our lives.

Posted by Phillip, a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

"She did the wrong thing. She made the wrong choice. But it's not uncommon for people to do something like that."

What? WHAT? No it's not. You run someone over, you stop, call emergency personnel, and render appropriate aid, and STAY AT THE SCENE. You DO NOT drive 40 minutes home to Saratoga! For the love of...what an absurd statement, from the police department no less. What a horrible message from those that are paid to protect and serve.

What is going on here? No jail time and loses her license for 1 year? This woman should never be allowed to drive again. THIS IS JUST WRONG!!!

Posted by Mountain View Native, a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Shes not some shade brown and has money of course its a slap on the wrist. I find it hardly shocking for the occasionally a thumb to find its way onto the scales of justice. Perhaps this woman deserves a break after all it is very easy to make a judgement without all the facts that being said its always interesting to see how Justice and Socio-Economics play out.

Posted by Jes' Sayin', a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:01 am

So I guess the next time someone pisses somebody off they just follow them home and then run them over when they walk across the street? Get off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist?

Posted by Litsa, a resident of Castro City
on Apr 20, 2011 at 10:45 am

One year is what this man's life is worth? That is ludicrous. People go to jail a lot longer for misdemeanors.

Posted by Al, a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

"in the interest of justice, with a stipulation that the court can impose restitution for the collision,"

Is there something wrong with this statement???????????? in the interest of justice? Really??

What would the outcome be if she had a court appointed attorney?

Our prisons would be empty if everyone had the option to have her lawyer

Posted by jupiterk, a resident of Gemello
on Apr 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Looks like Keibon son got the same justice as a white woman or a jewish woman would face under similar circumstance. based on this judgement , my guess would be the deceased victim is not white. May be the deceased age was a factor in the judgement. But then any nicer judgement, Keibon Son would get a year's worth of free treatment at a luxury spa.

Posted by Rodger, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I have to say that she is getting of very light, this will not help slow people down. I do a lot of walking in Mountain View and find that drivers, most not all, have very little regard for people walking. Not many seem to know that the cross walk cannot be entered by a car when people are in the crosswalk. Also unmarked crosswalks which exist at every corner have the same rules. I wish the police would hand out tickets to these drivers.

Posted by Sal, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm

From: Web Link
A message from Jeffrey F. Rosen, District Attorney:

"Thank you for visiting our Web site and learning about our office. I want the people of Santa Clara County to know that we work for you. We in the District Attorney's Office are making every effort to achieve the lowest crime rate reasonably possible while emphasizing the prosecution of violent crime. We want to make this community a safe place for you and your family."

I guess they will lower crime by dismissing charges! What a joke! Seems like they only "work for you" if you are rich and can get a good lawyer.

Thanks for making "this community a safe place for you and your family." long as we don't leave our homes!

I think we need a real D.A.

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

A hit & run resulting in death is a horrible crime. She showed absolutely no regard for that man's life. At the very least, her driving privileges should be suspended for life.

Posted by Sal, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I think we need a new deputy district attorney as well, as Katrina Ohde thinks our lives are worthless.

Ohde said. "In this case we did agree that we will not be seeking that she go to prison."

Someone's loved one was just crushed to death, and left to die alone without a chance for help, by this brainless driver.

I guess Justice is not what it used to be.

Posted by john, a resident of Castro City
on Apr 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

This is because it's a woman. Have you seen the hypocrisy when it comes to statutory rape in our schools too? Had this been a man they would have thrown the book at him, and his wife who convinced him to turn himself in, would be the hero.

Posted by kim, a resident of Castro City
on Apr 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

Who cares what the police think. The police botch many things and they're not exactly the smartest tools in the shed(don't you just need a HS diploma?). Let the lawyers exact a financial punishment against the driver and her family that will compensate the Hispanic man who was killed.

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