The driver involved in a Mountain View crash last year that killed a pedestrian will be facing criminal charges, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. The driver, whose name has just been released, was identified as Los Altos resident Glenn Tad Kawaguchi, 61. He was arrested on Wednesday night on one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.
Kawaguchi was released the same night after posting bail, but prosecutors could not immediately provide the amount of bail.
The crash occurred on the morning of Oct. 22 at El Monte Road near the intersection of Marich Way. The victim, 54-year-old Michelle Montalvo of Los Altos, was hit by Kawaguchi's SUV while she was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk.
At the time, police officials said Kawaguchi was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Following the crash, Mountain View city officials singled out El Monte Road as a location in need of safety improvements, saying it presented a dangerous combination of poor visibility and a tendency for drivers to exceed the 35 mph limit.
If found at fault for the Montalvo's death, Kawaguchi could face up to a year in jail as well as fines. Any potential sentencing would depend on a variety of factors, said Clarissa Hamilton, the supervising deputy district attorney.
"It's really too early to speculate on what he would get," she said. "It would depend on the person's circumstances, any criminal record, how their driving records is."
Prosecutors could not immediately say when Kawaguchi is scheduled to appear in court.