Driver accused in hit-and-run death of Nevada County native Jasmine Turpen takes plea |

Driver accused in hit-and-run death of Nevada County native Jasmine Turpen takes plea

Jasmine Turpen

The driver accused of striking and killing Nevada County native Jasmine Turpen last summer has pleaded no contest to most of his charges, and is set to be sentenced Nov. 1, authorities said.

Ndirangu Kamau, 25, of Antelope, pleaded no contest Sept. 26 in Sacramento County Superior Court to felony hit-and-run causing death or permanent serious injury, felony DUI with a 0.08% blood alcohol or above and felony vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, said Deputy District Attorney Shelly Orio.

Information on what Kamau’s potential sentence will be was not available Tuesday. The charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, while the felony hit-and-run charge has a maximum four-year sentence. Typically, the secondary charge is sentenced at one-third the time.

Authorities accused Kamau of striking Turpen with his vehicle as she rode a bicycle early July 21, 2018, on Highway 160 in Sacramento. Turpen, 22, died shortly afterward, reports state.

Authorities said they arrested Kamau at his home after they linked him to the Honda Accord involved in the collision. Kamau made his $50,000 bond after his arrest, and again bonded out after his bail was increased to $75,000 in January.

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Turpen graduated from Forest Charter School. She was attending Sacramento City College at the time of her death and interning at the state’s Legislative Data Center.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4236.

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