Friday, August 22, 2014
A California attorney convicted of a property damage misdemeanor hit and run has been publicly reproved by the State Bar Court.
On the evening of July 9, 2009, [the attorney] attended a reception, drank a beer, and later argued with his girlfriend. While driving from the reception on a section of the Pacific Coast Highway in Marina Del Rey, he took his eyes off the road to read a text message. As a result, he hit the right rear bumper of the car in front of him, which was stopped to allow several pedestrians to cross the street in a well-marked crosswalk. [He] did not stop, even though he felt the collision and noticed damage to his right side-view mirror. Instead, as observed by police in the vicinity, [he] drove away at high speed, making three turns on narrow residential streets before the officers who pursued him could stop him.
The attorney, who was driving a silver BMW, testified that he failed to stop because he could not find a parking space. He "vacillated" on this contention under cross examination. (Mike Frisch)