Fatal Accident Took Place Less Than 3 Miles From Arrested Lawyer's Home

Neighbors react to the arrest of Spencer Freeman Smith, the San Ramon resident arrested in connection with Tuesday night's fatal hit and run crash.

The San Ramon man arrested on suspicion of killing Bo Hu in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday night lives less than three miles from where it happened.

Spencer Freeman Smith, 32, a lawyer in San Francisco, was arrested at his Baker Way home on Thursday night by Dublin police detectives and booked at on charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony hit-and-run.

Smith's home on Baker Way is located 2.7 miles from where Hu was killed at the intersection of Dougherty Road and Fall Creek Way in Dublin.

Neighbors said they saw police cars at Smith's home on Thursday night and saw a tow truck take a black Mercedes out of the garage. 

Parts believed to be from the same type of car were recovered at the accident scene.

Arnold Santiago, who lives on Baker Way, said he didn't know the Smith family well but said that Smith and his wife and children have lived in the neighborhood "for quite awhile."

Neighbor Danny Lim said that the Smith home was busy, with large gatherings taking place about twice a month with seven or eight cars in front of the house.

Patch knocked on Smith's front door but there was no answer.

According to Smith's website, Smith "has earned a reputation for being one of the top young employment litigators in Northern California."

He was admitted to the State Bar of Califronia in 2005. He has an undergraduate degree from Xavier University and graduated from law school at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

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Mick Zalis May 21, 2012 at 05:49 AM
So when did you convict him?
Mick Zalis May 21, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Hmmmm is right. I don't stop every time I hit something. It usually off road small mammals though!
Mick Zalis May 21, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Deer Schmear Lisa, that part of town is not safe a night without a weapon. When I ride my bicycle anywhere at night I carry one. Lights on the bike too. It's the law in Dublin!
Robert Miller May 21, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Did anyone read about this in our fine, local newspaper? Not that I can see. Thanks Patch, for keeping us informed. Print media is going the way of the carrier pigeon.
Bob Brittain May 21, 2012 at 03:38 PM
@ Robert Miller. I read a story by Chris De Benedetti in the Contra Costa Times on Friday, May 18th.


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