Man Sentenced in Fatal Vehicular Manslaughter
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2016
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MAN SENTENCED IN FATAL VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER
SAN FRANCISCO - Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Daniel Schultz, 42, of San Francisco, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service to be served through a pedestrian safety organization, defensive driving school and three years’ probation. Schultz was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter on August 11th.
“San Francisco is more congested than ever, which means drivers need to be vigilant and take it slow,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Someone’s life may depend on it.”
According to court records, on March 11, 2015 at approximately 10:45 in the morning, Schultz stopped at a stop sign on 26th Avenue and took a left turn onto Geary Boulevard. He was driving a large white van. Alfred Suey Yee, was crossing Geary directly across from Defendant’s vehicle. Mr. Yee was using the crosswalk to the left of Defendant’s car and walking at a normal pace. As he walked across the street he nearly reached the median when he was hit directly by Defendant’s vehicle. The impact did not kill Mr. Yee immediately, but he passed at the hospital later that same day. The cause of death was determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office to be blunt force trauma consistent with being hit by a van like the one driven by the Defendant. The defendant was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and he remained at the scene following the collision.
Members of the victim’s family submitted a statement to the court conveying that their, “sincere hope is that incidents such as this will bring light to the important issue of pedestrian safety and [that] future similar cases involving other people and families are minimized as much as possible.”
This successful prosecution was a result of a diligent investigation by SFPD Sgt. Kevin Stancombe, as well as the assistance of Managing Attorney Linda Allen, Paralegal Kelly Verhage, and victim advocate Peter Huynh. Assistant District Attorney Julia Cervantes prosecuted the case.