| SAN FRANCISCO, June 12
SAN FRANCISCO, June 12 Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia,
whose social networking website espouses neighborhood safety and
community, pleaded no contest Thursday in a San Mateo court to a
misdemeanor for leaving the scene of a highway accident that a
driver says Tolia caused.
Tolia will pay a $239 fine, spend 30 weekend days in a
county program in lieu of 30 days' jail time, serve two years'
probation, and will be responsible for restitution to the
victim, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Tolia originally faced felony criminal charges
, but Wagstaffe said he reduced them to a
misdemeanor "hit and run causing injury" because of Tolia's
forthrightness in admitting his role in the accident.
"I'm glad he accepted responsibility right up front and
never tried to lie about what happened or avoid responsibility,"
he told Reuters.
The work program includes activities such as picking up
litter or trimming weeds along public roads and at schools,
The incident occurred in August when executive recruiter
Patrice Motley lost control of her car after Tolia swerved into
her lane. Her Honda del Sol spun across two lanes and crashed
into the median on Highway 101 near Candlestick Park, south of
San Francisco, she stated in court documents in a separate civil
Tolia drove his wife and child home in their black BMW X5
SUV without stopping or calling 911, the lawsuit stated.
Witnesses wrote down his license plate number and gave it to
Tolia told police in an interview he was shaken and did not
call 911 because he was in shock. Last month, he said he was
saddened by Motley's injuries and was troubled by the incident.
"What happened today in court was just Nirav continuing to
take responsibility," his lawyer, Dan Barton, told Reuters.
Ten years ago, Tolia resigned as chief operating officer of
Shopping.com after the company learned he had lied about the
status of his Stanford University degree and previous work
Nextdoor has raised just over $100 million from backers
including Benchmark, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Tiger
Global. Its last funding, a $60 million round in October, valued
the company at more than $500 million.
(Editing by Matt Driskill)