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Driver in collision pleads not guilty to DUI
September 19, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Yungee Kim

Zaquis Coleman

One of two allegedly intoxicated motorists who collided in a Menlo Park intersection last month pleaded not guilty yesterday to driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a crime.

Yungee Kim, 41, of Sunnyvale, returns to court Oct. 9 to set a preliminary hearing date.

Kim and fellow motorist Zaquis Jahrona Coleman were arrested in the Aug. 11 crash but Kim bailed out of custody that same night. Coleman, 22, of East Palo Alto, pleaded not guilty a few days later.

Menlo Park police officers arrested both defendants after responding to reports of a hit-and-run crash near the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Chrysler Drive at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Prosecutors say Kim, who has a 2011 conviction for reckless driving, struck Coleman’s vehicle nearly head on as she made a left turn on westbound Chrysler. A witness wasn’t sure who had the green light but said Kim fled the scene on foot without contacting those inside the other car.

Coleman was uninjured but a 24-year-old passenger sustained a compound fracture of her left wrist. Coleman’s alcohol level tested at .18 and .19, leading to her arrest. Roughly two hours later, officers found Kim wandering in the 100 block of Constitution Drive without any shoes and falling down. In his pocket were keys to the car involved in the crash and the vehicle is registered in his name, according to prosecutors.

Coleman’s trial is set for Nov. 13 and she is free from custody on her own recognizance.


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