Run over girlfriend, get two-year term

A 25-year-old woman convicted of running over her girlfriend on a Pacifica street in May wept on the stand Friday before being sentenced to two years in state prison.

Tiffany Cheryl Cole tearfully told San Mateo Superior Court Judge John Gransaert that she loved the victim, who suffered a crushed leg, and would never hurt her on

purpose.

Cole’s attorney, Raymond Buenaventura, asked for probation for his client, telling the judge that she had already been in custody for eight months and had been frightened by jail.

Cole was originally charged with attempted murder, but in a Nov. 1 plea agreement, she pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury.

Gransaert could have sentenced Cole to seven years in prison, but chose to hand down a lower term, telling Cole he wasn’t giving up on her. However, the crime called for more than just probation, he said.

“I do believe she intended to do it and for that she must be punished,” the judge said.

Cole, a Modesto resident, was arrested May 1 after she and her girlfriend took a road trip to visit friends in Pacifica.

Cole said she had been awake for three days on methamphetamine and had been drinking when she and her partner got into an argument.

Cole testified that as she filled up her gas tank, her girlfriend began throwing rocks at her car before leaving the gas station.

Cole says she accidentally hit the woman with her car while trying to find her on an unfamiliar street nearby. Deputy District Attorney Ivan Nightengale said several witnesses contradicted Cole’s story, saying Cole aimed her car at the woman and made eye contact with her before speeding forward.

On Friday, Cole said she is saddened by the incident and haunted by it’s memory.

tbarak@examiner.com

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