Originally published 12:00 p.m., August 10, 2006
Updated 2:09 p.m., September 14, 2006
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Heather Lea Hulsey, 20, was arrested last Thursday for the fatal hit-and-run of Dr. Ronald Shlensky on July 27. The CHP made the arrest acting on a phone tip from a friend of Hulsey’s boyfriend. Hulsey is charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run, allegedly having struck Shlensky as she was reaching for her ringing cell phone. She has posted bail and must appear in court for her arraignment in one month. Dr. Shlensky was active in liberal Jewish circles and was a well-respected teacher, lawyer, and forensic psychiatrist. A bill that has already passed the state Senate and now awaits approval by the Assembly later this month would ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving. According to state Senator Tom McClintock, cell phones are no more dangerous than other driving distractions, and such a law would be difficult to enforce. Assemblymember Pedro Nava was unavailable for comment after four weeks of repeated attempts by The Independent to learn his position on the bill.

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