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Motorist gets year in jail for bike crash

Marijuana use cited as a factor

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A driver was sentenced Thursday morning in Napa County Superior Court to one year in jail in connection with a crash in April that injured an elderly bicyclist in Napa.

Authorities allege that Jenna Rubio was driving under the influence of marijuana on April 16 when she crashed into 76-year-old Kenneth Prosser as he was riding his bicycle on Soscol Avenue near Tanen Street.

Rubio, 24, of Napa, pleaded no contest in September to driving under the influence with special allegation, according to court records.

Napa County Judge Mark Boessenecker ordered Rubio to report to the Napa County jail on Dec. 3 to serve her sentence.

Rubio had been arrested a week earlier on suspicion of driving under the influence after being stopped for speeding, according to court records. Following the April 16 collision with the cyclist, Rubio was arrested again after showing signs of impairment, according to Napa police.

Bicyclists in June rallied in front of the Criminal Courthouse to show support for Prosser and his family. According to court records, Prosser suffered a cracked skull, a broken neck, ribs, left shoulder and elbow and other injuries. He did not attend Thursday’s sentencing.

After Thursday’s hearing, Prosser’s son, also named Ken Prosser, said his father’s life has been changed permanently.

“He can no longer ride his bike — a source of happiness and escape he has enjoyed for over 10 years. He has permanent damage to his shoulder, making it incredibly hard to move/pick things up. Things have changed for all involved,” he said.

“Although I am relieved that the criminal court system did in fact come through with actual jail time, the reality is Jenna has been out and about, continuing her lifestyle for over six months,” he wrote in an email. “(Rubio) has never shown any remorse for her actions, all the while my father and my family has had to try to put the pieces back together. While Jenna was out with friends, we were making trips to (Queen of the Valley Medical Center), Kaiser in Vacaville, Sacramento and Vallejo, spending time with my father in a nursing home and generally doing the best we could to help him re-assemble his life. A life, I will add, that is permanently changed by her actions.”

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