A Pleasanton woman with a history of drunk driving was found guilty of second-degree murder last week at the end of a jury trial over a 2017 DUI crash in which she struck a pedestrian who was standing off the road alongside Highway 84/Isabel Avenue, according to Livermore police.
Jennifer Barbero, 44, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 20 following her conviction, police said.
Barbero was behind the wheel of an SUV around 10:20 a.m. on May 26, 2017, traveling southbound on Highway 84 just south of Interstate 580 when her SUV hit Livermore resident David Nemeroff, who was standing next to his vehicle that was stopped on the side of the road, police said at the time.
Nemeroff, 73, sustained critical injuries in the collision, which occurred on the Friday morning of Memorial Day weekend in 2017. He died from his injuries at a local hospital that Sunday May 28, 2017.
Police reported at the time that Barbero, who remained at the scene with her SUV seriously damaged, exhibited signs of impairment including poor balance and red, watery eyes. A blood test would confirm alcohol intoxication.
Further investigation also revealed she had a 2008 misdemeanor DUI conviction in Alameda County and a 2014 conviction for reckless driving involving alcohol in Contra Costa County, as well as a separate DUI case pending at the time of the fatal crash stemming from a 2015 incident in Alameda County, according to court records at the time.
Barbero was charged with second-degree murder in connection with Nemeroff's death.
Her case went to trial in recent weeks, and an Alameda County jury found her guilty on Jan. 30 of second-degree "Watson murder" -- which refers to a serious type of fatal DUI under California law that typically arises when a driver has prior DUI cases or convictions, leading to the implied malice needed to prove murder.
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office did not respond to a request for comment on Barbero's murder conviction. Contact information for her defense counsel was not immediately available.