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What happened to theDriver faces manslaughter charges after plunge from freeway overpass kills two

Original post made by julie on Jun 6, 2008


Has this case gone to trial? what is the state of the case?

Anybody know?

Ruiz and Pezzimenti were thrown from the vehicle, the CHP said. Both were killed instantly. Robertson suffered head and internal injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Three passengers of the Honda were also injured. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Robertson, now said to be in "fair" condition, faces charges of felony driving under the influence and felony gross vehicular manslaughter, according to a CHP press release.

Weaving between anger and grief, Ruiz' mother, Anita Henley, said she has "lost my precious little girl, and her son is losing his mother. This is all terrible."

She said she did not know the driver, but "I hope they throw the book at him. I hate him. It sounds like a murder. I'm angry. I feel sorry for that guy's parents, but this guy, he made everybody's life terrible.Web Link

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Posted by sally, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm



this was a tragic event last October, I presume the driver mr robinson survived I hope he is being prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I understand that these cases can now be prosecuted as homicide with the possibility of life in state prison


Posted by Don Kazak, Palo Alto Weekly columnist
on Jun 17, 2008 at 10:42 am

Don Kazak is a registered user.

The driver charged in the crash, Beau James Robertson, had a preliminary hearing in Santa Barbara County Superior Court on June 13 which has been continued to Aug. 11.


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