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* Redwood City Man Richard Tom Sentenced To 7 Years For Crash That Killed 8-Year-Old Sydney Ng

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A 47-year-old man convicted in connection with a collision in Redwood City that killed an 8-year-old girl in 2007 has been sentenced in San Mateo County Superior Court to seven years in prison.Richard Tom remained in custody since a jury found him guilty Oct. 29, 2008, of gross vehicular manslaughter for causing the crash that killed Sydney Ng and injured her mother and 10-year-old sister, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.Tom was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison by Judge James Ellis, who also ordered Tom to pay restitution to the victim’s family. Tom had faced up to nine years in prison. Prosecutors said Tom was intoxicated when his Mercedes-Benz broadsided a Nissan Maxima on Woodside Avenue in Redwood City on Feb. 19, 2007.Tom’s blood-alcohol content was reportedly measured at 0.04 percent about three hours after the crash, below the legal blood-alcohol limit for motorists.He was not arrested until after being treated for injuries at a nearby hospital. Tom’s blood was not drawn at the scene because police did not immediately suspect alcohol was involved, according to Wagstaffe.The same jury that convicted him of gross vehicular manslaughter did not find Tom guilty of charges that the vehicular manslaughter involved alcohol and that driving under the influence caused injury, according to Wagstaffe.

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