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Teen Driver to Stand Trial in Crash That Killed Marymount College Professor

Ho Jai Lee is due back in court Feb. 16.

The 18-year-old Rancho Palos Verdes resident who struck and killed a Marymount College mathematics and physics professor while driving in 2009, was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on a vehicular manslaughter charge.

Sufficient evidence was found by Torrance Superior Court Judge Cary H. Nishimoto to require Ho Jai Lee to stand trial.

The Dec. 20, 2009 crash killed Jamel Abdelhamid Kammoun, 49, and father of three young children.

Authorities said Lee — who was 17 at the time of the crash — lost control of his car, ricocheted off a wall and hit Kammoun, who was out for a morning walk.

Last August, Lee was ordered to stand trial as an adult. He is due back in court for arraignment on Feb. 16.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Vickey Kalambakal February 03, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Wow. I know such cases drag on, but it still seems ridiculous that a year passed before this step was reached.
ron March 13, 2011 at 04:03 PM
he has too much $. he will get off, too bad the professor was of lower 3rd world order

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