Jennie Zhu charged with vehicular manslaughter in deadly September crash

Jennie Zhu plead not guilty in the crash that killed a 16-year-old boy.

The woman accused of causing a high-speed crash in September that killed a 16-year-old boy who was on his way to school will be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter, among two other felony counts, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said Monday.

Jennie Zhu, a 59-year-old San Francisco resident, was arrested after the Sept. 27 accident in which witnesses say they saw her driving at speeds of up to 80 mph westbound on Pine Street before causing the crash at Gough Street in the Western Addition. Zhu is currently out of custody on $300,200 bail.

Witnesses also reportedly told police they saw Zhu driving recklessly in her Mercedes SUV on Pine Street before allegedly striking a minivan occupied by 16-year-old Lincoln High School student Kevin San and his mother and sister. San was killed in the collision.

The mom and sister were seriously injured, and Zhu also faces two felony charges of reckless driving related to those injuries, Bastian said.

The impact of the accident caused the minivan to collide with a catering truck, which caused three more people to be injured, although those were not critical.

Zhu herself sustained only minor injuries in the crash. She was reportedly not intoxicated and it is unknown why she might have been driving so fast.

Zhu is scheduled to appear in court again Thursday, Bastian said. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in jail.

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