San Ramon Lawyer Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Spencer Freeman Smith of San Ramon charged with felony hit-and-run and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter in connection to the May 15 death of Bo Hu.

A San Ramon lawyer charged in a fatal hit-and-run in Dublin pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday morning, Teresa Drenick of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said.

Spencer Freeman Smith, 32, was charged with felony hit-and-run and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter. Police arrested him in May in connection to the death of a bicyclist who was struck by a car which then left the scene. His next court date is Aug. 8.

The victim, Bo Hu, 57, was visiting Dublin from China when he was killed in the Dougherty Road and Fall Creek Road intersection at around 11:30 p.m on May 15.

Smith was , after officers searched his San Ramon home and 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 crash, Dublin police said.

The crash took place about .

Smith made his , but the arraignment was pushed back to Wednesday.

The San Francisco lawyer practices employment law, and Smith's website said he "has earned a reputation for being one of the top young employment litigators in Northern California."

Patch will update this story when more information is available.

jyoung June 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I'm baffled to learned the suspect is a....lawyer? And he fled after he hit someone. Hope he doesn't get away with this....MURDER. Just saying.
R8rlover June 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I agree!!
CJLewis June 27, 2012 at 07:57 PM
So, is he still out on bail until his August court date?
Patrick Creaven (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Yes, he's not in custody.
terry June 27, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Yep, how about that another crooked Lawyer...........takes off and leaves the poor guy on the ground to die.........I hope his licensed to practice has also been revoked.
Kimberly Halsey June 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM
What's the max he can get if convicted? Looks like only 4 years...not anywhere near enough punishment for MURDER! I don't understand how someone who does such a horrible crime can plead not guilty and continue to live their life as though they have done absolutely nothing wrong. This piece of garbage believes it was someone else's fault. He has probably lived his entire life blaming others for everything that has gone wrong instead of ever taking responsibility. There are way too many people walking around without a conscience...oh and driving on our roads. This low-life ball of phlegm needs to rot in hell!
Randy June 28, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Kimberly, murder is not what he is being charged with and in no way should be. He had an accident in a vehicle, like so many people do everyday. The public and judicial system does not see having an accident in a car as a planned event and in most cases is unforeseen and in some even unpreventable. Most cases that result in the death of an individual do not bring big prison time. You also have to remember the victim in this contributed to the accident. No he is not a bad guy and did not deserve to die for his actions, but had he not been out in the roadway lane pushing a bike in the dark with no lights he would not have been hit and therefore still alive. The real "crime" here the suspect fled front he scene, never offered live saving aid, never called for help and failed to turn himself in. While this is bad for any member of society it is even more appalling as he is an officer of the court by the fact he is an attorney. While it would be nice to see someone just stand up and admit they were wrong it isn't what the system allows them to do very easily. His pleading not guilty to the crimes is the way the game is played in court. His attorney will do what he can to make the sentence as best it can be for his client, thats his job. If the County has a good case he will be found guilty of some or all charges. He will get some County jail time and a long probation period. The real punishment will be in the civil court when the victims family will sue the pants off him.
Robin June 28, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Insightful commentary, Randy. Thanks.
Mary Jo Longyear June 28, 2012 at 07:58 PM
This just goes to show how a person's life can change in an instant when an accident/incident occurs. This man's life has forever changed...
Mr.G June 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I am still interested in knowing his activities for the 8 hours prior to the incident. I wonder if other factors were not involved.
Chris June 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Hopefully this horrible accident will push Dublin into properly lighting their stretch of the bike path that runs next to the road as well as addressing the bicycle lane that magically disappears into traffic when you cross from San Ramon into Dublin. Hope Smith gets the max and then disbarred.
Nomcanh Thol July 03, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Time to loose your law license you db
Jennifer Henson November 11, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I'm puzzled because I have been able to find no details of what happened in this case after the postponement. What happened on August 8? Is it possible that the case was simply quietly dropped? I'm sure I'm not the only person who really wishes that the Patch reporters - or indeed any news site - would publish an update.
Nicola Bourne November 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Me, too, Jennifer! It occurred to me this morning to run a check and see if Smith is still licensed to practice law, but the California Bar's website isn't allowing me to find out when I enter his bar number. Surely the public has a right to know how justice is being delivered in the case of both Mr. Hu and Mr. Smith.
Mr.G November 25, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I was also trying to find out the current status of this case.
Mr.G November 25, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Nicola, he is still licensed to practice. http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/236587


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