CEO pleads no contest to hit and run charge
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[June 13, 2014]
By Sarah McBride
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -
Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia, whose social networking
website espouses neighborhood safety and community,
pleaded no contest Thursday in a San Mateo court to a
misdemeanor for leaving the scene of a highway accident
that a driver says Tolia caused.
Tolia will pay a $239 fine, spend 30 weekend days in a county
program in lieu of 30 days' jail time, serve two years' probation,
and will be responsible for restitution to the victim, said San
Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Tolia originally faced felony criminal charges, but Wagstaffe said
he reduced them to a misdemeanor "hit and run causing injury"
because of Tolia's forthrightness in admitting his role in the
"I’m glad he accepted responsibility right up front and never tried
to lie about what happened or avoid responsibility," he told
The work program includes activities such as picking up litter or
trimming weeds along public roads and at schools, Wagstaffe said.
“I am relieved that after further examination of the facts, the DA
reduced the charge to a misdemeanor and that Thursday's hearing
brought the matter to a close," Tolia said in a statement.
The incident occurred in August when executive recruiter Patrice
Motley lost control of her car after Tolia swerved into her lane.
Her Honda del Sol spun across two lanes and crashed into the median
on Highway 101 near Candlestick Park, south of San Francisco, she
stated in court documents in a separate civil case.
Tolia drove his wife and child home in their black BMW X5 SUV
without stopping or calling 911, the lawsuit stated. Witnesses wrote
down his license plate number and gave it to authorities.
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Tolia told police in an interview he was shaken and did not call 911
because he was in shock. Last month, he said he was saddened by
Motley's injuries and was troubled by the incident.
Ten years ago, Tolia resigned as chief operating officer of
Shopping.com after the company learned he had lied about the status
of his Stanford University degree and previous work experience.
Nextdoor has raised just over $100 million from backers including
Benchmark, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Tiger Global. Its
last funding, a $60 million round in October, valued the company at
more than $500 million.
(Editing by Matt Driskill)
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