San Jose Rabbi Charged With Murder in DUI Accident That Killed Four People

May 15, 2020 0 By Brad Hurley

San Jose, CA (5/15/2020) – A Santa Clara County rabbi appeared in court on Friday after causing a crash that killed four people and injured another on Wednesday night. The accident happened around 10:10 p.m. on Highway 85 just past Cottle Road.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Rabbi Kumar Khanna was driving south on Highway 85 in a 2005 Dodge Durango with several passengers. Khanna was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to spin and roll over into a wall. 26-year-old Amador Landa, 25-year-old Issac Landa, and 25-year-old Johnnie Perez Damian were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Another victim, 25-year-old Shannon Galbraith, was severely injured but later died at the hospital. The fifth passenger, an unidentified 24-year-old man, had minor to moderate injuries.

Khanna is being held without bail in Santa Clara County Jail for four counts of murder and two counts of felony DUI causing injury. In 2019, Khanna was convicted of a misdemeanor DUI, which allows the state of California to charge him with a Watson murder, named after a 1981 case in the California Supreme Court. The ruling found that a driver who drives while under the influence is liable for murder under implied malice.

Source: Mercury News

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