Pedestrian death: driver to serve 3 years probation
August 10, 2006
The motorist charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of a Kings Beach pedestrian last January will pay a fine, serve three years probation and do community service, according to a ruling by the Placer County Superior Court in Tahoe City.
Kevin Gorchinski’s lawyer entered a “no contest” plea in his place Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and failure to yield right-of-way to pedestrians, a traffic infraction.
Gorchinski, 25 of Sacramento, hit and killed Linda Fernandez, 56, of Tahoma, and injured her boyfriend Jeremy Virgo, 35 of Tahoma, on Jan. 8 while driving east on Highway 28 in Kings Beach. Fernandez and Virgo were walking in the Fox Street crosswalk when they were struck, according to California Highway Patrol reports.
Gorchinski was driving his Honda Accord at or near the speed limit, and alcohol was not found to be a factor, according to California Highway Patrol.
Superior Court Commissioner Trilla Bahrke sentenced Gorchinski to three years of probation, including an un-specified fine of less than $729 and 720 volunteer hours with the Volunteer Center of Sacramento Alternative Sentencing Program.
A review date was set for Dec. 11. The court will also address the amount of restitution Gorchinski must pay to the victim’s family at that time.
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A civil lawsuit, which is separate from the criminal charges, has also been filed against Gorchinski, said his attorney Alison Bermant. No further information regarding the civil lawsuit was available at press time.