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25Jul/120

Dublin Hit and Run Suspect, Spencer Freeman Smith, Posts 60K Bail

Spencer Freeman SmithSpencer Freeman Smith (33) of San Ramon, was arrested after being connected to the hit and run incident involving Bo Hu (57).

Police used video surveillance, cell phone records, and information gathered from Bay Area Mercedes Dealerships to place Smith at the scene of the hit and run, and locate his home.

Pieces of the vehicle left at the crime scene were taken to several dealerships, where they were confirmed to be from the model of the vehicle in question.

A black, brand new Mercedes Benz was found in Smith's residence on Baker Way (three miles north from the crash), the front end and windshield extensively damaged.

Two days after the accident, police contacted Smith, who allegedly "spontaneously stated he was involved in an automobile accident."

His attorney, Bill Gagen, is not prepared to comment on the hit and run charge until he has a chance to review the evidence, and says that it is likely Smith was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter as opposed to felony because there were no obvious signs of negligence. (editor's comment: leaving the scene without calling an ambulance is not negligence?)

Gagen also suggests that Bo Hu was riding in an unsafe place at an unsafe time. Dougherty Road has two lanes running in each direction with no bicycle lane, and 11:30p.m. is rather late to be riding a bike on such a road.

Smith is currently free on a $60,000 bail.

(Source: SF Gate, Around Dublin)

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19May/120

San Francisco Attorney Arrested for Fatal Hit and Run Accident

Spencer Freeman SmithSan Francisco Attorney Arrested - The Mercedes hit and run killer has been captured! It turns out that the driver that killed Bo Hu, 57 in Dublin is an attorney from San Francisco, who lives in San Ramon. The accident occurred Tuesday night on Dougherty Road at Fall Creek Road around 11:30 p.m.

Pieces of the Mercedes left on the scene of the accident lead police to identify the suspect vehicle as a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550. They were then able to track the purchase of the vehicle to  Spencer Freeman Smith.

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, about 1:00 PM, Dublin Police Investigators and the Traffic Unit identified a subject who recently purchased a a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550. The owner of the vehicle, Spencer Freeman Smith of San Ramon, was later contacted at his residence.

While searching his home, police found the Mercedes with extensive damage consistent with hitting a pedestrian. The vehicle was also missing parts found at the scene. Smith, 32, was arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony hit-and-run.

The victim was believed to have been visiting Dublin from China. He was identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau Thursday.

Several people reported seeing a man walking a bike with a flat tire along that stretch of roadway just before the collision.

(Source: Dublin Patch)