An attorney with a San Francisco law firm has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and manslaughter in connection with the death of a bicyclist in Dublin who was struck by the lawyer’s brand-new Mercedes-Benz, authorities said Friday.
Spencer Freeman Smith, 32, of San Ramon was arrested Thursday after police found a damaged black, 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 in his garage on Baker Way, 3 miles north of the crash site, said Dublin police Lt. Herb Walters.
Smith, who was admitted to the State Bar in 2005, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. His law firm, Smith Patten in San Francisco‘s Financial District, had no comment Friday.
Smith’s car had “extensive windshield and front-end damage” and was missing the parts left behind at the scene of the crash that killed Bo Hu, 57, of China, Walters said.
Smith has two convictions in California for speeding within the past year, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Smith works as an employment litigator and has represented clients involved in cases involving whistle-blowers, wage disputes, sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination, according to his law firm’s website.
Hu was riding his bike or walking with it north on Dougherty Road near Willow Creek Drive when he was hit about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Hu died at the scene.
The driver continued north on Dougherty, toward San Ramon, without stopping.
Investigators took the car parts and debris found at the scene to local dealerships, including Mercedes-Benz of Pleasanton, and confirmed that they were from a 2012 Mercedes, said police Sgt. Yesenia Sanchez.
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