The Bay Area can be a deadly place for pedestrians, yet an analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals fewer than half of the drivers who hit pedestrians are ever charged with a crime, even if they are at fault. Those who do serve little time in jail. Here’s why.
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Video: Pedestrian deaths
by Zusha Elinson and Adithya Sambamurthy, Reveal April 30, 2013
Zusha Elinson covered bikes, buses, Bay Area Rapid Transit and other transportation issues for The Bay Citizen. He previously was a legal reporter at The Recorder, a legal/business newspaper based in San Francisco, and an editor at Marinscope Community Newspapers. Zusha started his career at The Oakland Post.
Adithya Sambamurthy is a video producer for Reveal, with a background in photojournalism and documentary film. He joined Reveal after working as a staff photographer for The Bay Citizen, a nonprofit journalism organization that merged with The Center for Investigative Reporting in 2012. Sambamurthy previously worked on documentaries for National Geographic, PBS FRONTLINE/World and numerous independent productions. He also worked as a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News in California; The News-Press of Fort Myers, Florida; and the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times. Since joining Reveal, he has produced, shot and edited stories for the website, as well as for a number of Reveal's broadcast and online partners, including the PBS NewsHour, KQED public television and ABC News. Sambamurthy has been nominated for a national Emmy Award, shared in a George Foster Peabody Award and received commendations from the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.