A sentencing hearing is set for February 15 for Laura Starr, the Los Gatos resident who collided into a motorcyclist on Highway 17 while driving drunk and who then fled the scene. The car accident occurred on the southbound Highway 85 exit to southbound Highway 17 in Los Gatos and was captured on video from the Los Gatos Swim and Racquet Club.
On August 14, 2017, at about 3:00 in the afternoon, Starr crashed into the back of a motorcycle being driven by Soquel resident, James Burke, who was on his way home from work. The impact caused Burke to lose control of his motorcycle and collide into a concrete barrier on the roadway shoulder. Burke was thrown from his motorcycle and sustained serious injuries to his shoulder and hip.
After the collision, Starr exited her vehicle and asked Burke if he was okay. Burke noticed Starr to have slurred speech and to be stumbling. After he responded that he was hurt, Starr fled the scene and drove to her home. Witnesses reported seeing Starr driving erratically and further verified her stumbling, slurred speech, and having a strong odor of alcohol about her. A CHP officer located Starr at home and arrested her for driving under the influence of alcohol, causing bodily injury, and leaving the scene of a collision.
Burke’s lawyer, Robert Bohn, reports that Burke continues to receive treatment for his injuries, which have kept him from returning to work as a seasoned plumber and pipe fitter, and that Burke intends to pursue his personal injury claims against Starr. Bohn notes the recent rash of drunk driving accidents in California, citing the recent drunk driving collisions that killed a CHP officer, Andrew Camilleri, on Christmas Day, seriously injured CHP officer Martin Lendway on January 15 on Highway 4 in Concord, and injured a San Jose CHP officer hit by a drunk driver last week on Highway 101.
Starr has pled to the DUI charges brought against her and will be sentenced in San Jose on February 15.