Sarwat Yasmine Syed, Triple Killer's Mom, Has Hit-and-Run Case Dismissed by Judge: Update
See Update No. 3 on Page 2 about the charges against Sarwat Syed being dismissed. Update No. 2 has prosecutors saying she only thought of herself and the defense countering "she's absolutely innocent." Update No. 1 on the next page is about the trial beginning.
ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 16, 8 A.M.: Trial is scheduled to begin in Santa Ana this morning for Sarwat Yasmine Syed, but not for mothering the young Ladera Ranch man who killed three, injured three more and then took his own life on Feb. 19.
No, Ali Syed's mom is charged with hitting a family of four on June 20, 2011, seriously injuring a 4-year-old girl, and driving away.
Ava O'Connor was being driven back from Pretend City by a friend's mother, whose vehicle was rammed by a GMC Yukon Denali that fled the accident scene along the 405 freeway near Laguna Canyon Road. The girl went on to undergo a nine-hour operation to repair her jaw, upper palate, eye sockets and nose. She later recovered at home with a feeding tube, a tracheotomy and 10 plates in her head.
Syed, who was arrested after the Denali's license plate was linked to an insurance claim filed a day after the crash, pleaded not guilty to two felony hit-and-run charges just a couple weeks after her son went on his rampage.
After leaving a young woman dead in the Syed family home, Ali Syed drove off in a Denali to continue the horrors of one of Orange County's darkest days.
UPDATE NO. 1, SEPT. 17, 10:10 A.M.: Turns out we were off a day; the trial of Sarwat Yasmine Syed was actually to begin this morning in Santa Ana. The 43-year-old is charged with one felony count of hit and run with permanent injury and one felony count of hit and run with injury that, with a conviction, could send her to prison for four years, according to an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement.
OC Weekly staff photo With an escort and head covered, Sarwat Syed is led into court in February.
"Syed is accused of being involved in the collision that spun the victim's vehicle off the road and slamming into a concrete culvert," reads the release. "Immediately after the crash, the defendant is accused of continuing northbound on the freeway for nearly a mile without stopping to check on the victim's vehicle. Syed is accused of driving away from the scene without providing any identification or assistance to the victims."