DA undecided on crash charges

It will be at least two weeks before a decision will be made about whether criminal charges will be issued in the car crash that killed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam, investigators said Thursday.

Halberstam, 73, died at the scene of a three-car crash in Menlo Park on the morning of April 23. Officials have largely been silent during the investigation.

On May 10, Menlo Park police handed the case to the District Attorney’s Office for further investigation.

Investigators may rule out that a crime occurred altogether, Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. He would not provide details of the investigation. In an interview two weeks ago, Wagstaffe said vehicular manslaughter would be a possible charge.

Halberstam was riding in a Toyota Camry when it was broadsided by a late-model Infiniti as the Camry made a left turn at the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road. All drivers — including the UC Berkeley graduate student who was driving Halberstam — involved in the crash suffered various injuries, according to Nicole Acker, a Menlo Park police spokeswoman.

Halberstam was in the Bay Area for a speaking appearance and was just a few miles away from an interview for a book he was planning about a 1958 football game before the crash occurred.

bfoley@examiner.com

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