Adam Close, a 24-year-old Milpitas resident who killed a 65-year-old Milpitas man on Jacklin Road last August in a high-speed collision, faced the victim's family at a San Jose Hall of Justice court hearing Friday.
"He essentially apologized for what happened," Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Katrina Ohde said.
Close, who pleaded no contest in December to gross vehicular manslaughter, expressed regret over his actions to both the victim's family and his own family, Ohde said.
During the court hearing that ended at 5 p.m. Friday and was continued at the judge's direction to this week, she added the defense attorney, the prosecution, and the victim and defendant's families were also able to either present their cases or address the court.
"I argued for prisonÉ," Ohde said, adding the prosecution's recommendation was that Close serve either six years or 10 years.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Jerome Nadler was expected to sentence Close yesterday (March 7).
The fatal crash occurred Aug. 3 just before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Jacklin Road and Hamilton Avenue, south of Nob Hill Foods.
Close, a class of 2006 Milpitas High School graduate and standout basketball player, was determined by authorities to be nearly three times over the legal blood alcohol limit after a night of partying in San Jose, and speeding at the time of the two-car collision, going at least 49 in the 35 mph zone, according to Milpitas Police Department investigative reports.
The driver of a white Mitsubishi Galant, Than Thanh Le, was transported to Regional Medical Center of San Jose, where he was pronounced dead. Close, driving a tan Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle, remained on scene and did not require medical attention.
The two vehicles slid into the grass of Strickroth Park, carried there due to the force of the accident. Le's driver side door was completely crushed by the Volvo, and his car hit a tree after the initial impact.
On the day of the crash, according to police, Close allegedly gave a breath sample of .233 percent blood alcohol content. The legal blood alcohol limit in California for a Class C license is .08.