Student Pleads No Contest in Accident That Killed David Halberstam

November 20, 2007

The graduate student who was behind the wheel when the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam was killed in a car crash last spring pleaded no contest today to vehicular manslaughter, a misdemeanor charge, according to the Associated Press.

The student, Kevin Jones, was studying for a journalism degree at the University of California at Berkeley last April, when he was selected to chauffeur Mr. Halberstam to an interview. Mr. Jones made an illegal turn, and another vehicle crashed into the passenger side of his car, killing Mr. Halberstam, who was 73.

Today’s no-contest plea, to a charge filed in June, stemmed from a deal with prosecutors, the AP reported. The deal means that Mr. Jones will face up to 30 days in the local sheriff’s work program as well as community service.

The AP reported that Mr. Halberstam’s widow may file a lawsuit that names the university as a co-defendant. —Andrew Mytelka