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Brother of Bicyclist Killed in 2012 Hit-And-Run Says the Death Left Him in 'Overwhelming Grief'

The brother of Bo Hu, the man killed in a hit-and-run collision in Dublin 19 months ago, talks about his family’s painful loss. The San Ramon lawyer charged in the fatal hit-and-run collision will appear at the Hayward Hall of Justice Thursday

Bo Hu, who was hit and killed in Dublin on May 15, 2012. Photo Credit Lie Hu
Bo Hu, who was hit and killed in Dublin on May 15, 2012. Photo Credit Lie Hu

BY AUTUMN JOHNSON

More than 19 months after bicyclist Bo Hu was killed in the intersection of Dougherty Road and Fall Creek Road, the San Ramon lawyer charged with felony hit-and-run and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter in connection with Hu's death will be in court in Hayward for a pretrial appearance.

Hu, 57, was a Chinese national visiting the United States when he was killed in Dublin around 11:30 p.m. on May 15, 2012. The driver who hit Hu left the scene of the collision without stopping.

[Related article: Lawyer Charged in Fatal Hit-And-Run that Killed Bicyclist…]

For the first time since the Bo Hu's death, his brother, Lie Hu, speaks about the loss.

Hu, who lives in China wrote, via email:

“My brother's death, at 58 years old, is a huge loss to my family. He was my only alive full blood relative. [His death] left me in an overwhelming  grief...My brother was also a much beloved family member among families... because of his caring, easy going, informative and fun-making personality. In all family-gathering activities, he was the center of conversations, telling jokes and activities. I couldn't say enough how much we [lost] at the moment he was hit and lied on a road in a remote county of the States.”

Spencer Freeman Smith was arrested by Dublin Police investigators three days following the collision, 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, Dublin police said. The crash took place about three miles from Smith's home in San Ramon.

In a previous Patch article, William Gagen, Smith's attorney told Patch that his client knew he "hit something" but not whether it was a person.

"The question is did he [Smith] realize he hit a human being," William Gagen said. "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."

Gagen confirmed that Smith did not call Dublin Police to report the collision. Smith is free on $60,000 bond, according to court records. He practices law in San Francisco at the Law Offices of Patten and Smith.

Previous Patch articles about the fatal hit-and-run collision on Dougherty Road:

Ken Johnson January 16, 2014 at 12:32 AM
Thanks for the update on this. I am 'glad' to see statements from Bo Hu's family after all this time - he has/had a loving family. Although I know nothing of or about Spencer Smith, I believe he knew exactly what he was doing that terrible night and had 'hoped' that he would never be found out. Frankly, every move Mr. Smith made, and continues to make (through almost 2 years), makes me believe in his guilt and his every attempt to circumvent the law. I feel for Mr. Smith's family - not Mr. Smith. Also - I swear I saw him fly by me on Dougherty (maybe 70 mph) in another Mercedes just yesterday…maybe not, but it sure looked like him. Just saying...
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) January 16, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Thank you for the follow up on this important and sad story Autumn.
tina l. January 16, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Thank you for keeping this case alive. I believe Mr. Smith knew he struck a human being, made the choice to- flee the scene, made the choice to- concealed his car and has been using his profession, a lawyer, to maneuver the charges against him. Whether Mr. Hu is a US Citizen or not, he was struck and killed because of Mr. Smith's reckless driving; act of breaking the law. I hope justice will prevail and he will be found guilty of the crimes he committed. Mr. Hu's family should sue the Smiths' estate in civil court and make certain that he never practice law and will never have the ease of living his life in such a carefree manner. He needs to be held accountable and face the true consequences of taking not only a life, but causing so much pain to others.
Amy Smolens January 17, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Thank you for this update. Hard to believe that Smith still practices law... wow. If this is true, the Law Offices of Patten and Smith don't seem to be very discriminating, do they?
Ken Johnson January 17, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Wonder how things went in court yesterday? And the clock continues to tick... There was a good article a while back that pretty much advised Patten and Smith clients to seek other counsel.

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