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Monday, December 16, 2013

Jennie Zhu: Speeding Driver Accused of Killing S.F. Teen Charged With Manslaughter

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

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Prosecutors today charged 58-year-old Jennie Zhu with gross vehicular manslaughter after she allegedly crashed her speeding Mercedes-Benz into a minivan, killing a 16-year-old boy.

Alex Bastian said Zhu, a San Francisco resident, was booked into San Francisco County Jail on Friday and was released Saturday morning on a $320,000 bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

The incident happened on Sept. 27 when, according to police, Zhu was driving her vehicle at a high-rate of speed, possibly 80 mph, for several blocks before hitting the minivan, sending it airborne on Gough and Pine streets. The van rolled over, killing 16-year-old Kevin San instantly. San was a Lincoln High School student where he was a member of the ROTC drum corps. His mother and sisters who were also in the car were critically injured.

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According to police, a patrol officer spotted the speeding vehicle just before the accident, and said he didn't even have time to activate his siren before the crash happened.

Prosecutors wouldn't say much more about the case, but KTVU is reporting that prosecutors brought in a Mercedes Benz engineer and a member of the California Highway Patrol's accident investigation team to examine Zhu's car before deciding to file charges.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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