Oakland, Calif. (Mercury News) – Attorneys on Monday presented conflicting narratives about the 2013 night a law school student hit a 26-year-old Oakland man with her sedan, sending him into a coma with severe brain injuries he’ll be dealing with for the rest of his life.
The prosecution characterized Meghan Zato, 28, as a belligerent drunk who harassed numerous people in and outside a 14th Street bar before she intentionally accelerated into James Roda with her turbo diesel Mercedes-Benz in front of an Oakland Public Library early Oct. 5, 2013.
Zato’s defense attorney, meanwhile, placed the blame for Roda’s injuries on Zato’s “false friends” and a group she says assaulted and threatened to kill Zato outside the library. Defense attorney Megan Burns said she will ask for an acquittal at the end of the trial. Zato is charged with four felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, driving under the influence and hit and run.