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Driver convicted of manslaughter for crash that killed Woodside man

A 48-year-old man was convicted Nov. 22 of felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges for a crash near La Honda last year that killed a Woodside man.

A San Mateo County Superior Court jury found El Granada resident Tom Doane guilty of the charges in connection with a crash on March 27, 2016, that killed Francois Jouaux, a 46-year-old Woodside man with a wife and children, prosecutors said.

Just before 7 p.m., Mr. Doane drove his 2001 Ford F-250 into opposing lanes of traffic in the 7400 block of La Honda Road and crashed head-on into a 1992 Honda Civic driven by Mr. Jouaux. The truck rolled over the Honda, killing Mr. Jouaux, according to the District Attorney's Office.

A witness saw Mr. Doane climb out of the overturned Ford bleeding from his mangled left hand and arm, saying, "I need to die. ... I really just need to die," prosecutors said.

He fled into the woods and California Highway Patrol officers were unable to find him.

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He later showed up at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Redwood City and said he had been in a motorcycle accident, but he was the registered owner of the truck and investigators were able to link him to the crash, prosecutors said.

The jury convicted him on its third day of deliberations after a 21-day trial. Mr. Doane is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 10 for sentencing.

His defense attorney, Dan Barton, was not immediately available for comment on the case.

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Driver convicted of manslaughter for crash that killed Woodside man

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A 48-year-old man was convicted Nov. 22 of felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges for a crash near La Honda last year that killed a Woodside man.

A San Mateo County Superior Court jury found El Granada resident Tom Doane guilty of the charges in connection with a crash on March 27, 2016, that killed Francois Jouaux, a 46-year-old Woodside man with a wife and children, prosecutors said.

Just before 7 p.m., Mr. Doane drove his 2001 Ford F-250 into opposing lanes of traffic in the 7400 block of La Honda Road and crashed head-on into a 1992 Honda Civic driven by Mr. Jouaux. The truck rolled over the Honda, killing Mr. Jouaux, according to the District Attorney's Office.

A witness saw Mr. Doane climb out of the overturned Ford bleeding from his mangled left hand and arm, saying, "I need to die. ... I really just need to die," prosecutors said.

He fled into the woods and California Highway Patrol officers were unable to find him.

He later showed up at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Redwood City and said he had been in a motorcycle accident, but he was the registered owner of the truck and investigators were able to link him to the crash, prosecutors said.

The jury convicted him on its third day of deliberations after a 21-day trial. Mr. Doane is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 10 for sentencing.

His defense attorney, Dan Barton, was not immediately available for comment on the case.

— Bay City News Service

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