A jury found 23-year-old California State University, Chico, student Kelsey Michael Mudd guilty of manslaughter, illegally taking over a vehicle, dangerous driving and drunk driving, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The fatal accident occurred last year on June 27, according to aPatch.com report. Mudd, whose blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit, allegedly was arguing with the driver when the taxi cab jumped a road divider and crashed into three oncoming cabs.
After the first accident, Mudd took over the taxi and caused a second crash. Hong Kong TV news footage showed Mudd moving to the driver’s seat before he sped off in the taxi — heading in the wrong direction — and hit another cab head-on.
High Court Judge Alan Wright said he was disappointed that Mudd was “staggering drunk” and showed no remorse. But the judge said he also considered the fact that Mudd hadn’t intended to drive that night and that he is “a young man still pursuing his studies.”
Mudd, who has American, Australian and British citizenship, said on his website, “I don’t believe any crime has been committed.” He was born in Hong Kong and moved to Walnut Creek, California, when he was 8 years old.
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