A 69-year-old man pleaded no contest Wednesday to two misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter for an October 2015 crash in Hacienda Heights that killed a teen couple who had recently graduated from high school.
The defendant committed “pedal error” by applying pressure on the accelerator instead of the brakes while exiting the Seventh Avenue off-ramp of the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway and striking a truck traveling northbound on Seventh Avenue on Oct. 18, 2015, according to Deputy District Attorney Sonia Govea.
Superior Court Judge Donna Hollingsworth ordered Key Jaison Kim to perform 800 hours of community service, attend the hospital and morgue program, complete the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Program and serve five years on probation, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Kim’s driver license was also revoked for five years, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
George Steward II and Sabrina D. Castillo, both 18 and of Hacienda Heights, were instantly killed in the crash.
— City News Service