A 26-year-old graduate student is being charged in the death of the Pulitzer Prize winning author David Halberstam. Kevin Jones, a student at the University of California at Berkeley’s journalism school will be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter after making an illegal left turn and running a red light on April 23 which resulted in the crash. Jones was driving the Pulitzer Prize winner to an interview with football legend Y.A. Tittle when the crash happened in Menlo Park near San Francisco. Prosecutors decided to press charges on the student because of his reckless driving record. Jones was said to have two previous accidents on his record in March 2005 and March 2006, though neither resulted in a citation. In 1999, while a teenager in Washington state, Jones was given a DUI and was ordered to pay an $862 fine.

Halberstam was said to have died instantly in the crash after a broken rib punctured his heart. He was wearing his seat belt. Jones had a punctured lung and took a leave of absence from school after the crash. His lawyer says he is devastated by the tragedy. Halberstam was the author of 21 nonfiction books. He was working on a new one about the 1958 NFL championship game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants.

At age 30, Halberstam won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting early in the Vietnam Wa r in his 1972 book, The Best and the Brightest. At age 68, his bestseller War in a Time of Peace was a runner-up for the Pulitzer. Five of his 15 bestsellers have been sports related including two on the feuding New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Another, Firehouse, is the story of a New York firehouse which lost 12 men on September 11. His latest books, The Eucation of a Coach is about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and The Coldest Winter, about an early battle of the Korean War is due out in the fall.

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