KTVU has obtained exclusive video of deadly hit-and-run crash in San Francisco that could decide the fate of the driver in a manslaughter case.
Prosecutors and the defense said the case hinges on whether the taxi driver knew he hit someone and they've instructed the jury deliberating the case to pay close attention to the video you're about to see.
Cameras mounted inside the town taxicab show the moment of impact when the driver strikes and kills a 19-year-old man in late October of 2010.
The victim was 19-year-old Alberto Rodriguez.
His family and a San Francisco jury today heard closing statements in the case on what would've been his 22nd birthday.
"He was a really, pretty much a bright, special person," said Daniela Rodriguez, the victim's sister.
Taxi driver San Yu Chin is charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident -- a felony.
Prosecutors say Chin ran a red light and must've known he struck someone in the intersection by the noise of the impact and the broken windshield.
They say he drove more than a half mile from the intersection of Mission Street and Geneva Avenue, before
Rodriguez's friends caught up with him, climbed into the cab and demanded he return to the crime scene.
Defense attorneys told jurors Chin was unsure about what happened, but said he had the right of way.
Chin's lawyer said Rodriguez caused the accident by crossing against the light while wearing dark clothing. He said Chin never saw him.
"We don't have anger towards him, we're just upset at the fact that we don't have my brother here anymore," Rodriguez said.
The jury got the case Thursday afternoon and will continue deliberations tomorrow.
If convicted, Chin faces a year in jail on vehicular manslaughter and up to four years for leaving the scene of an accident.
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