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Pleasanton woman charged with murder for fatal collision appears in court

Records: 42-year-old has prior DUI conviction, ongoing case in Alameda County

A Pleasanton woman with a history of drunk driving appeared in court Monday afternoon to face a murder charge for the death of a 73-year-old man in a suspected DUI collision last month.

Jennifer Barbero, 42, did not speak as her formal arraignment was waived during the hearing at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton. She is next scheduled to appear in court for entry of plea July 3 at the new courthouse in Dublin.

Barbero remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with no bail set.

She was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in the death of Livermore resident David Nemeroff, who died May 28 from injuries sustained after being struck by Barbero while standing by his car on the side of Highway 84 in Livermore two days prior, according to police.

Barbero stayed at the scene and attempted a field sobriety test, but she "was unable to perform the divided attention tests and showed an impaired balance," smelled of alcohol and had red and watery eyes, according to a probable cause statement from Livermore police Officer Keith Pini entered into court records.

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Police checked Barbero's record and found that her license had been suspended or revoked for a prior DUI, Pini said.

After refusing a breathalyzer and chemical test, Barbero was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing bodily injury and the license infraction. She was later released from custody while the Alameda County District Attorney's Office awaited the results of a blood sample that was taken from her.

Livermore police submitted their case against Barbero to the DA's office Wednesday. Prosecutors then charged her with murder and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Court records indicate Barbero has been convicted of DUI in the past and that she was scheduled to appear in Alameda County Superior Court on Monday morning in a separate active DUI case.

In January 2008 Barbero pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor DUI charge stemming from a March 2006 incident in Alameda County.

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In February 2014 she was convicted of reckless driving involving alcohol in Contra Costa County, according to court records.

She is currently facing misdemeanor charges in Alameda County of DUI with prior convictions and driving on a license suspended for prior DUI stemming from October 2015.

The DA's office submitted an amended complaint for that case May 30.

Barbero was scheduled for arraignment in that case in Fremont Monday morning. The outcome of that hearing was not immediately known.

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Pleasanton woman charged with murder for fatal collision appears in court

Records: 42-year-old has prior DUI conviction, ongoing case in Alameda County

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Jun 19, 2017, 9:22 pm

A Pleasanton woman with a history of drunk driving appeared in court Monday afternoon to face a murder charge for the death of a 73-year-old man in a suspected DUI collision last month.

Jennifer Barbero, 42, did not speak as her formal arraignment was waived during the hearing at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton. She is next scheduled to appear in court for entry of plea July 3 at the new courthouse in Dublin.

Barbero remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with no bail set.

She was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in the death of Livermore resident David Nemeroff, who died May 28 from injuries sustained after being struck by Barbero while standing by his car on the side of Highway 84 in Livermore two days prior, according to police.

Barbero stayed at the scene and attempted a field sobriety test, but she "was unable to perform the divided attention tests and showed an impaired balance," smelled of alcohol and had red and watery eyes, according to a probable cause statement from Livermore police Officer Keith Pini entered into court records.

Police checked Barbero's record and found that her license had been suspended or revoked for a prior DUI, Pini said.

After refusing a breathalyzer and chemical test, Barbero was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing bodily injury and the license infraction. She was later released from custody while the Alameda County District Attorney's Office awaited the results of a blood sample that was taken from her.

Livermore police submitted their case against Barbero to the DA's office Wednesday. Prosecutors then charged her with murder and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Court records indicate Barbero has been convicted of DUI in the past and that she was scheduled to appear in Alameda County Superior Court on Monday morning in a separate active DUI case.

In January 2008 Barbero pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor DUI charge stemming from a March 2006 incident in Alameda County.

In February 2014 she was convicted of reckless driving involving alcohol in Contra Costa County, according to court records.

She is currently facing misdemeanor charges in Alameda County of DUI with prior convictions and driving on a license suspended for prior DUI stemming from October 2015.

The DA's office submitted an amended complaint for that case May 30.

Barbero was scheduled for arraignment in that case in Fremont Monday morning. The outcome of that hearing was not immediately known.

Comments

Just Sad
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:11 am
Just Sad, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:11 am
16 people like this

How sad that after reading the title, I thought which Pleasanton Mom are we talking about here and I had assumed wrong. What is going on with the Moms? Are husbands, friends and other family members enabling? These problems don't pop up overnight. Please seek out support whether you have the problem or a family member. They are free AA meetings, resources through your medical insurance, reach out to a friend, anything it takes to not continue to spiral further out of control and hurt others.


Dmgardner
Mohr Park
on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm
Dmgardner , Mohr Park
on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm
11 people like this

Breaks our hearts for the family of the Nemeroff family . Our prayers are with them . I personally know Jennifer & was shocked when we heard of this horrible accident . We haven't corresponded with her in quite awhile & sadden that she has lost her way . Saddened for her children & family . The disease of alcohol & drug addiction is real !! If you know anyone suffering from this ......intervention is a must . There is no excuse for her actions , sober she has a heart of giving & love for her family & friends . Driving under the influence kills no matter who you are . My prayers go out to all involved , this should not of happened .


Sam
Castlewood
on Jun 21, 2017 at 5:09 pm
Sam, Castlewood
on Jun 21, 2017 at 5:09 pm
8 people like this

How horribly sad. But how many times does she get a second chance. If she would have been dealt with harshly last time, or the time before that, maybe the Nemeroff family would not be grieving today.


carlos
Highland Oaks
on Jun 22, 2017 at 10:29 am
carlos, Highland Oaks
on Jun 22, 2017 at 10:29 am
4 people like this

"with a history of drunk driving" that says it all.


Adam
Birdland
on Jun 22, 2017 at 4:27 pm
Adam, Birdland
on Jun 22, 2017 at 4:27 pm
1 person likes this

"with a history of drunk driving" that says it all.
Absolutely!!
There should be NO history of drunk driving!
It happens once, your done! 3 hots and a cot for a few years!


LanceM
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2017 at 2:05 am
LanceM, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2017 at 2:05 am
1 person likes this

So Adam, how is your punishment going to stop a history of drunk driving? I guess you are omnipotent about what punishment would stop all people with a DUI from ever committing the crime again. In reality, the only way to prevent a history would be to kill anyone with a DUI.


Sam
Oak Hill
on Jun 23, 2017 at 7:20 am
Sam, Oak Hill
on Jun 23, 2017 at 7:20 am
3 people like this

The point is that these fatal accidents don't come suddenly out of the blue. There is a history of repeated, reckless driving in both this case and the Malihan case. Let's throw in the Cody Hall case, too. In all three of these cases we have a driver who had a known history of driving recklessly. In each of these cases nothing stopped the driver from continuing to act irresponsibly and recklessly until the inevitable happened: Some innocent person got killed. It would be nice if we could get these dangerous drivers completely off the road before the inevitable happens.


Adam
Birdland
on Jun 23, 2017 at 4:31 pm
Adam, Birdland
on Jun 23, 2017 at 4:31 pm
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Sam, "In each of these cases nothing stopped the driver from continuing to act irresponsibly and recklessly until the inevitable happened" Exactly!

My point was if these irresponsible people were put in jail that sure would stop the reckless behavior wouldn't it? There is no drinking and driving in jail!
These people have absolutely no right to put everyone else in such danger because of their irresponsible behavior.


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