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* San Mateo, Nathan Newby Pleads Not Guilty For Possible DUI Crash That Killed 52-Year-Old Soo Sung Joo in Dec 2008

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A 35-year-old man pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court this morning to charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving in connection with a fatal crash in 2008.Nathan Robert Newby faces five felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly driving the wrong way while intoxicated on Interstate Highway 280 on Dec. 11, and colliding head-on with another vehicle, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.He was allegedly driving a Toyota Highlander north in the southbound lanes near Edgewood Road in unincorporated San Mateo County when he struck an Acura around 2:40 a.m.The collision killed 52-year-old Soo Sung Joo, who was a passenger in the Acura, and left the driver with a lacerated spleen, skull fractures and a broken femur, Wagstaffe said.California Highway Patrol officers pulled Newby from his car moments before his car burst into flames, according to Wagstaffe. Newby allegedly admitted to consuming five drinks and has a prior drunken driving conviction from 2004, Wagstaffe said. He has been charged in San Mateo County with one count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and with gross negligence, two counts of felony drunken driving, two counts of driving the wrong way on a freeway and a misdemeanor charge of driving without a California driver’s license, according to Wagstaffe.He remains in custody in lieu of $350,000 bail. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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  • Gerald…
    “Too bad he is going to get slammed?” Are you kidding me? He killed someone. He was too stupid to get someone else to drive him or call a cab. Would you feel the same way if he killed YOUR son/daughter/brother/sister?

    This guy is an idiot and deserves to spend many, many years in jail so he can think about the life he killed and the family he ruined. At least Nathan is alive… he doesn’t deserve to “get back to life when (he) gets out.” The man he killed doesn’t get his life back and neither should Nathan.

    Just my opinion.

  • I have known Nathan for 20 years from when he grew up in Illinois. It is too bad he is going to get slammed. I mean with the prior and all I do understand and with the death it is pretty certain he will get time, but he was/is a great person and had a passion for helping people as he was a RN…to bad one night messes up so many peoples lives and ends so many as well…the victim was robbed of his life so justice must be served…it is too bad that the other victim has searious injuries and the last survivng victim will loose much of his life as well now too….I know it is of no consolation to the deceesed family and I understand that and dont want to make it seem as if I think Nathan should be given a pass…I just know that most in CA dont know Nathan and wanted to let whomever reads this know that outside of this incedent was a good person who made a terrible terrible mistake! God Bless all involved and if you happen to read this nathan…use your time to educate yourself further, to go to rehab, aa etc and dont let the time do you! keep yourself busy look at the bright side that you will be free again and prepare yourself for that day! dont count days, months or years, but count ways to change your life know you have a supportive family and friends and be ready to get back to life when you get out…

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