Ex-San Jose Council candidate delays submitting a movement on automobile manslaughter costs
Former San Jose City Council candidate and founder of the Bay Area Women’s March, Jenny Higgins Bradanini, was late in her trial Wednesday for gross negligence.
Higgins Bradanini, who made an unsuccessful bid for the San Jose City Council seat in District 10 earlier this year, was driving the 900 block of Blossom Hill Road on December 16, 2019 when she met 66-year-old Timothy from Santa Cruz and killed star button.
The Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office charged Higgins Bradanini with the crime on July 14 after a seven-month investigation by Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department. She surrendered to the county jail on July 30th, where she was booked and released after putting $ 100,000 on bail. If Higgins Bradanini is convicted of vehicle manslaughter, he faces up to six years in prison.
According to the incident report attached to the Santa Clara Supreme Court, a witness said the local founder of the women’s march was “evasive and unable to keep her lane both left and right”.
Higgins Bradanini told officials that the events leading up to the crash were “blurry”, despite remembering seeing Starkey within 30 to 40 feet before hitting him. During her interview with the police, she was unsure whether she had taken off her jacket when the collision occurred and had no “clear understanding” of what exactly had happened.
“Bradanini showed no objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication, but could not clearly describe her actions shortly before the collision. She had trouble focusing and articulating her thoughts or answering simple questions with slowed thinking and obvious memory loss,” the police wrote in one Summary of the incident.
Higgins Bradanini told officials that she was on a prescription drug before the crash and a subsequent blood test found traces of a benzodiazepine in her system. While the name of the drug was edited in the incident report, benzodiazepines are known to have sedative effects and are used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia, among other things. They are also warned that users should not drive or operate heavy machinery while driving.
Based on speed calculations, investigators found that Higgins Bradanini was driving between 30 and 37 mph in the 35-mile zone.
An autopsy report for Starkey received by San Jose Inside earlier this year said he died on impact because the force of the fall was strong enough to sever his legs almost completely.
Higgins Bradanini could not be reached for comment.