Attorney Arrested in Dublin Fatal Hit And Run

Dublin Police recover a black Mercedes with major damage from a home in San Ramon and arrest San Francisco attorney Spencer Freeman Smith of San Ramon.

San Francisco attorney Spencer Freeman Smith was arrested Thursday night in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a bicyclist who was visiting Dublin from China.

Smith, 32, was booked at Santa Rita Jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony hit-and-run.

While serving a search warrant at Smith's San Ramon home, police found a black with damage to the windshield and front end. The car was missing the same parts that were found at the scene of the accident.

The black Mercedes was seized as evidence by .

From Dublin Police Services press release:

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, about 1:00 PM, Dublin Police Investigators and the Traffic Unit identified a subject who recently purchased a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550. The owner of the vehicle, Spencer Freeman Smith of San Ramon, was later contacted at his residence.

A search warrant was served at the residence and the vehicle was located in the garage. The vehicle had extensive windshield and front end damage and was missing the parts that were recovered at the scene of the accident. The vehicle was towed from the residence for further examination by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab.

Dublin Police Services subsequently arrested Smith and he was booked at Santa Rita Jail.

The victim, identified Thursday as Bo Hu, 57, was believed to have been visiting Dublin from China when he was on Dougherty Road at Fall Creek Road around 11:30 p.m.

Hu was identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau Thursday.

Several Patch readers reported seeing a man walking a bike with a flat tire along that stretch of roadway just before the collision.

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zach March 04, 2013 at 04:36 PM
All of u r white people leaving the some nasty comments . This is why the bills can't get passed in the whitehouse.
Mike Lee April 01, 2013 at 10:29 PM
What an idiot you are.
Jennifer Henson July 22, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Sam Clemens, your theory about the reasons for my "extra vehemence" at least is incorrect. Mine stems from the fact that the victim was an "insignificant" elderly Asian visitor, and the alleged perpetrator was an attorney, who was almost certainly driving drunk, but knows exactly how to play the system. Anyone who drives drunk is to be condemned, but I think that someone whose profession requires an adherence to legal ethics is even more culpable. In my opinion, the penalties for drunk driving rarely fit the crime, especially for those with money and in this case, because there is no way of proving inebriation, it will not even come into play. Similarly, in most cases, those who have the most money, and thus the best lawyers, almost always win or get a lesser penalty. So what hope is there for the victim of a crime perpetrated by someone who is himself a lawyer and has the ear of those in the profession? Many will remember the case of the pack family, whose children were also killed by a hit-and-run driver. That driver was given a long sentence and am convinced that the main reason for this was the public outcry. All were appalled by the case, and both press and public were persistent in demanding justice, and persevered in seeing the case through, by turning up at every court appearance and not letting it disappear from the front pages. And in the end, they prevailed. Just. In this case, the victim's family are immigrants and, very possibly for cultural reasons, shun publicity. And for some strange reason, sine the initial charge, there has been virtual media silence on it. As the lawyers engineer more and more delays, I fear that the public will forget both case and victim. Thus I fear and expect that there will be no true justice for him or for his family. I grieve for them. It makes me question still further the nature of US justice. And renders me both depressed and angry. Hence my own "extra vehemence".
Autumn Johnson August 31, 2013 at 10:28 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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