Sarwat Yasmine Syed, Triple Killer's Mom, Has Hit-and-Run Case Dismissed by Judge: Update

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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.

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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.

Sarwat Syed, Mother of Murder-Suicide-Freeway-Rampage Gunman Ali Syed, Goes to Court to Fight Hit-and-Run

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.

4 Dead in A.M. Shooting Spree

PHOTOS: Sarwat Syed, Mother of Murder-Suicide-Freeway-Rampage Gunman Ali Syed, Goes to Court to Fight Hit-and-Run

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With an escort and head covered, Sarwat Syed is led into court in February.
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.

"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."



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38 comments
whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Didn't see that coming.  Maybe there was more to this than shown to the public.

Paul Zelezio
Paul Zelezio

sad stuff in court/press if the glove doesen't fit u must acquit... Book:fight your ticket -- Nolo press

danagilbertward
danagilbertward

There certainly seemed sufficient evidence for a trial.  Why dismiss without a chance at justice.  I smell some political bs here.  There has to be some connection to her shooter son.

William Haupert
William Haupert

What a lovely court system we have in OC. MMFS - makes me fucking sick.

Gabi Montoya May
Gabi Montoya May

Wow. Absolutely terrible that someone can do this to a little girl and flat out get away with it.

gabi.montoya
gabi.montoya

Geez people can we please stop trying to this about the family being middle eastern? They were flat out bad people. Evil transcends race, religion, and gender and by blaming any of those things rather than the fact that they are just bad, you are only adding to the problem.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Regarding Update No. 3: 

did the jury receive their envelopes with gold coins on the way out of the courthouse? 


paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

This is crazy. Upside down completely

Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper

How the fuck do I get my crime dismissed ??? unfucking believable !!!!!!!

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

WTF?? Did she not hit a car on the road? If so, did she flee after hitting the car?

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Sounds like a lovely woman. Leaving the scene of the accident is shameful and she should be prosecuted as much as possible.  Those pesky witnesses just keep getting in the way. 

If she's lyin' she'll be fryin'

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Regarding Update No. 2:

"Syed, who was driving to work at Bloomingdale's..."

A Persian woman from the 949...working at Bloomingdales??  

Whaaaaaattt??!!  

I thought for sure she was a Registered Nurse, or a transgender youth therapist, or a Legal Aid attorney for undocumented migrant farm workers  

Eddie Egan
Eddie Egan

she has the look of gilt or she hit her face on the windshield

Brennan King
Brennan King

She filed an insurance claim after fleeing from the scene? That is entitlement.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Can't really say I'm surprised the two are related.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Clearly, the Yukon Denali is the common cause in these crimes.  It is time for our elected officials to do something about the Yukon Denali. The children and innocents must be protected from this fiendish device foisted on the people by the corporate profiteers at Big Auto and driven image-conscious rich capitalists and drug dealers who exploit the lower classes and wreak havoc on the environment. Loretta Sanchez, this is a perfect cause for you, right up your, uhmm, alley. You can make a difference and stop direct harm to your constituents. Drop your ObamaCare push and gird your ample loins toward new regulations to stop this planet-killer SUV before it. is. too. late.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree



JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Best part of the story is the bitch getting caught for filing an auto insurance claim the next day...

...because, you know, Persians are Allah's gift to the world


deathchodite
deathchodite

@gabi.montoya And the funny thing is, they ain't even "Middle Eastern"...Just like the recent Miss America winner, they area South Asian family, i.e Desis. Of course, with the OC soon to be out of business Weekly crowd, anything even sounding remotely Middle Eastern, Muslim or Arabic is fair game for good old fashioned OC racism.

deathchodite
deathchodite

@Frank Marco Manzi More like what a fucked up family...Then again, they are from South OC. Everyone is "fucked up" there.

deathchodite
deathchodite

@JBinOC Wow...Fucking stupid. So anyone with an "Islamic" sounding name is "Persian"? White boys are so silly... :D

deathchodite
deathchodite

@JBinOC They are actually Pakistani/Indian, and most "Persians" in SoCal ain't even"Muslim"...But keep on talking, over-privileged white boy. I bet you think anyone Asian looking is Chinese, and anyone with a Spanish sounding name is Mexican. Hell, I bet you didn't even finish high school, man! :D

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@deathchodite @JBinOC  

Ah, yeah, you're right, most Persians in SoCal are not Muslim, they're known as another group with no trace of arrogance whatsoever...Jews


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