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

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Jennie Zhu
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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The scene
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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Raisinclit
Raisinclit

Revoke her green card and deport her.She claims the accelerator stuck. I hope they release the findings of the mercedes benz specialist.

Luis Centeno
Luis Centeno

Rip baby boy c u later!! empty some more her bank account sf city!!vhope all the family affect have a quick and happy recovery!

Billy Baroo
Billy Baroo

Well somebody had to finally say it...

Chris Redfield
Chris Redfield

Finally an Asian gets held responsible for the crappy driving most do

Billy Baroo
Billy Baroo

They should be pumping Bon Jovi non-stop into her jail cell at 100db for her entire incarceration...

Richard Sizemore
Richard Sizemore

it's absolutely not enough. She knowingly broke the speed limit by possibly DOUBLE and killed a young adult.

Trisha Fogleman
Trisha Fogleman

It feels like it's not enough. Whatever jail time she serves, she should never be allowed to be behind the wheel of a car again.

Mel Greene
Mel Greene

Jail time & lots of it, & NEVER be able to have a driver's license issued to her again.

Erik Aanders
Erik Aanders

This is pure insanity. I don't even think doing 80 mph on most freeways in the bay is safe. She needs at least a decade in jail and should never be allowed to touch a car again.

Emilio Sabella
Emilio Sabella

I drove right past this accident that day-- so sad!

Kattayun Lashgari
Kattayun Lashgari

I am a victim of a reckless driver Sadly she is out and about and so far i m the one suffering

Leeroy Jenkins
Leeroy Jenkins

What does her being Chinese have anything to do with it

Nancy Queenofsheba Endy
Nancy Queenofsheba Endy

If it is found that she was doing 80 and did not apply the brakes, then gross vehicular maslaughter seems like a light charge. It would imply that there was an intent to do harm and would carry a heavier charge. Regardless, she deserves some serious jail time. And she should not have been granted bail since she has means to flee.

Frank Kim
Frank Kim

Not a poor lady, driving a Benz and posted 300Gs bail, clearly a self-righteous rich Chinese lady with no regard for the lives she just wrecked forever, $300,000 bail not nearly enough for a poor boy who had the rest of his life ahead of him, sorry.

Vivian Cefalu Ruiz
Vivian Cefalu Ruiz

What made this woman drive this way though ? Was she mentally ill or what? I don't understand why someone would drive that crazy ! Did they ever find out anything on her mental status! No normal person would do this !

Amy Gonzales
Amy Gonzales

Not enough. DMV should suspend her driver's license permamently.

Miss Jamie C.
Miss Jamie C.

Well she's not a wealthy white teenage boy....so....she got off scott free?? Hmm?

Dave Carreon
Dave Carreon

She should claim affluenza.... If a kid in Texas who killed 4 while 3 times over the legal limit can, I'm sure she can.

Jody KW
Jody KW

"Crucify the poor"??? She was driving a Mercedes, for fuck's sake. And besides the boy she killed, she critically injured the rest of his family that was in the car she struck.

Steve Tidd
Steve Tidd

Well since he was a teenager it was actually boyslaughter not manslaughter.

Rolando Sanchez
Rolando Sanchez

There you...crucify the poor let the wealthy suffer from "AFFLUENZA" and they can walk!

Javier Leocadio Colón
Javier Leocadio Colón

It's because she is probably poor. Rich people can get away with running over people because they are simply too rich & privileged to know any better. But poor people should know better. Look at what happened in Texas with that rich teen who killed 4 people :(

Meaghan O'Mulrain
Meaghan O'Mulrain

How does that even happen? Where was all the usual traffic? 80 mph on pine is crazy.

Dominique N Covarrubias
Dominique N Covarrubias

She just killed one person? That's it? Maybe we can get her booked into the Ritz Carlton...

Time Clock
Time Clock

She should have died and saved us from her reckless contempt for human life, she figures she can buy her way out of anything.

Casey Jongko
Casey Jongko

She murdered an innocent person imho.. and an eye for an eye level of justice should be applied!

Susie Denegree
Susie Denegree

Not enough. 80mph on any street in SF is insane.

Chuck Nguyen
Chuck Nguyen

not nearly enough, no reason for going 80mph on a crowded, small SF street

Jessica Rose
Jessica Rose

This is a slap on the wrist for this woman. Seriously, who goes 80mph anywhere in SF?? That's reckless endangerment just on its own and she has shown zero remorse for her actions.

Kat Ryan
Kat Ryan

80 miles an hour? Wow! Not strong enough. She was going to kill somebody driving like that, complete disregard for everyone.

Omar Sandoval
Omar Sandoval

I have nearly been killed half a dozen times in SF from ladies like her. I find that it is a cultural thing to drive recklessly and then turn around and blame the very people they almost hit for their actions—Am I wrong?

Toni Mar
Toni Mar

It is the correct and appropriate charge. No question.

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

80 miles per hour on Pine Street straight into a parked van, killing a teenager? 80 miles on Pine Street woudl be enough to show what kind of complete disregard this animal has for others. It's too lenient.

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