Man Arraigned in Fatal Hit-and-Run

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2011

CONTACT:
ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167

MAN ARRAIGNED IN FATAL HIT AND RUN

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the arraignment of Jose Jimenez (DOB 1/1/88, CN 11012264) on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol, and leaving the scene of an accident.

“This tragic case illustrates the dangers of drinking and driving,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “The victim lost his life due to some horrible decisions that we believe were affected by alcohol.”

Defendant Jimenez appeared before the Honorable Nancy Davis in Department 9 of San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 for arraignment on one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in violation of California Penal Code Section 191.5(a), two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury in violation of California Vehicle Code Sections 23153(a) and 23153(b), one count of leaving the scene of an accident in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 20001(a) and one count of hit and run driving in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 20002(a). Defendant Jimenez pled not guilty to all charges and allegations.

According to court documents, in the early morning hours on Friday, May 6, 2011, San Francisco police officers responded to the area of Masonic and Turk and began to investigate the scene. Officers found the defendant in the area driving a damaged vehicle and arrested him. The victim was found on Masonic along with various items of clothing strewn across the street.

The defendant was arrested on Friday, May 6, 2011 by San Francisco police. He is currently being held in San Francsico County Jail. Bail was set at $1 million. The case was continued to Friday, June 3, 2011 in Department 10 for a bail hearing.

The arrest of the defendant is the result of an investigation by San Francisco Police Department Inspector Cook and Officers Kohrs, McArthur, Alexander, Coggan, Lee. Marc Guillory is the Assistant District Attorney prosecuting the case.

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