Student at Wheel Charged in Halberstam Death

Prosecutor calls crash 'more than a mistake'
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2007 12:29 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The student who drove the car in which journalism icon David Halberstam was killed will be charged with vehicular manslaughter, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Kevin Jones, 26, a UC Berkeley journalism student, allegedly ran a red light to turn left and collided with an oncoming car. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

"The conduct engaged in by Mr. Jones was more than simply a mistake. It was negligence," the prosecutor said. Halberstam, the 73-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner,  was in the San Francisco area in April for a speaking engagement at Berkeley and to work on his next book.