Motorist will face no jail time in optician's death

A  25-year old woman accused of driving away after fatally striking a pedestrian in a San Francisco crosswalk days before Christmas will face no time behind bars.

Novato resident Samantha Osborne pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to one count of felony hit-and-run and one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, said San Francisco District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Erica Derryck.  Two counts of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury or death, and one count of alcohol-involved manslaughter were dropped.

She was sentenced to five years probation, six months home detention, 90 days in a work alternative program, and 720 hours community service, Derryck said. Osborne will have to submit to periodic searches by police and enroll in alcohol treatment and counseling.

“The prosecutor said in court that he had had extensive conversation with the victim's family and social circle that indicate they believe this was a fair resolution,” Derryck said.

Osborne struck San Francisco optician Gregory Anstett, 51, as he crossed Van Ness Avenue near Post Street Dec. 23, 2007, according to police. Osborne sped away from the crash, but her front license plate was found near the victim, police said. She was arrested 20 minutes later when police stopped her Jeep  Cherokee at Eighth Avenue and Geary Boulevard.

The plea deal came on the same day another pedestrian was struck in a hit-and-run in San Francisco. That victim, a 73-year-old man, is fighting for his life after being struck at 20th Avenue and Geary Boulevard in the Richmond District.  Ywe Emerson, 49, has been charged with felony hit-and-run.

tbarak@sfexaminer.com

 

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