February 13th, 2012 by faye
Cambria Gordon, spouse of the creator of “Homeland” and “24” pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge for vehicular manslaughter and is lucky to have avoided jail time.
Howard Gordon’s wife, Cambria Gordon, recalled the events of the accidental vehicular manslaughter. Cambria Gordon said that her mobile phone fell from the center console to the floor, and while she was distracted retrieving her mobile, she accidentally struck an 83-year-old pedestrian, who later died. The said vehicular manslaughter occurred while Cambria Gordon was driving in Santa Monica, California last summer.
According to TMZ reports, Cambria Gordon was then initially charged with manslaughter with gross negligence. However, Cambria Gordon struck a deal with prosecutors and her charges were eventually reduced to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.
Cambria Gordon was not present in court for sentencing when the judge placed her under 36 months informal probation, In addition to that, Cambria Gordon must perform 360 hours of community service, which should have an educational component related to distracted driving.
Blair Berk, lawyer of Cambria Gordon, read a letter she made prior to sentencing, in which she expressed “deep sorrow and sincere remorse over the accident.” Cambria Gordon added, “not a day has gone by since July 20, 2011 that I haven’t thought about and prayed for Mr. Smerling [dead pedestrian] and his family. Although I cannot presume to ask for forgiveness, I only hope that the Smerling family understands how immeasurably sorry I am.”
The Smerling family also filed a civil lawsuit against Cambria Gordon.