Trials and Arbitration

Driver who fatally ran over woman in Calabasas gets one year in jail

Driver who fatally ran over woman in Calabasas gets one year in jail

A Malibu horse trainer who crashed into two pedestrians in a crosswalk, killing one of them, and later denied to police that she was the driver in the collision was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail.

Nicole Herschel, 36, the driver of the pickup truck in the June 2016 crash, sobbed in a Van Nuys courtroom as she pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter and apologized to Yijing Chen, the daughter of the woman who died.

“I’m sorry,” Herschel said, standing in court and looking at Chen. “I think about your mom every day…. I’m very sorry. I didn’t see you guys and I didn’t know.”

The sentencing hearing came against the objections of Chen, who was also injured in the...

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