Attorney Charged in Fatal Hit-And-Run Has Hearing Thursday

Spencer Freeman Smith is charged in connection to death of Bo Hu, a Chinese national that was struck and killed by Smith's vehicle last May.

The San Ramon attorney charged with the fatal hit-and-run that left a Chinese national dead last May will have a court hearing in Pleasanton on Thursday, his attorney Bill Gagen said.

Spencer Freeman Smith is currently free on bail, as his slow-moving court case goes through the system.

On Thursday, a judge could rule on what information prosecutors can retrieve from Smith's electronic devices. Since Smith is an attorney, the court had to assign an independent person — called a "special master" — to look over Smith's electronic data, to protect Smith's clients from attorney-client privilege.

Out on bail, Smith has continued to practice employment law with his San Francisco law firm, Smith Patton. He won't attend the hearing Thursday, Gagen said.

The incident happened on May 15, 2012 at 11:30 p.m., when the victim, Bo Hu, 57, was struck by a vehicle and killed in the Dougherty Road and Fall Creek Road intersection, according to Dublin police.

Smith was arrested by Dublin police three days later, after officers searched his San Ramon home and found a black Mercedes with damage to the windshield and front end. The car was missing the same parts that were found at the scene of the crash.

"The question is did he [Smith] realize he hit a human being," Gagen told Patch in January. "He realized he hit something because there was a huge hole in the windshield. He called his insurance company the next day and left it parked in the garage."

D. June 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Just found this: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=8672331 Hearing delayed to late June.
jen H July 21, 2013 at 11:44 PM
For those following this thread and still hoping for some resolution in this case.......... according to a Patch report today, Spencer Freeman Smith is due in court in Pleasanton at 9 am on Monday morning (22nd July). I wonder what excuse they'll come up with for delaying the proceedings this time..... http://dublin.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/attorney-charged-in-fatal-hitandrun-bike-collision-to-appear-in-court
Autumn Johnson August 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Story update: http://dublin.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/case-continued-for-attorney-charged-in-fatal-hitandrun-bike-collision
Autumn Johnson January 15, 2014 at 10:40 PM
Brother of Bicyclist Killed in 2012 Hit-And-Run Says the Death Left Him in 'Overwhelming Grief' http://dublin.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/brother-of-bicyclist-killed-in-2012-hitandrun-says-the-death-left-him-in-overwhelming-grief


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