UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Yang was investigated by the California Highway Patrol for allegedly hitting a student skateboarding through a campus crosswalk on May 16, the LA Times reported today. California Highway Patrol is not proceeding with legal charges because they could not substantiate the hit-and-run allegations or the cause of the collision.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) report obtained by the LA Times, the student, who suffered minor injuries, identified the chancellor as the driver.
The investigation was originally handled by the UCSB Police Department but given to the CHP due to conflict of interest.
Yang’s name was redacted from the documents released for public record and given to the LA Times, but two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case told the LA Times that he was the focus of the investigation and his name was removed from public record.
The student alleged that he was struck by the front of the car, rolled across the hood and injured his right hip and foot, according to the police report. He fell to the ground, stood up and got a clear look at the driver — a woman in the passenger seat, who the student later identified as Dilling Yang, made hand motions to him — but the car then left the scene, he told authorities.
The report detailed that while the student seemed unsure of which of Yang’s cars hit him when they went to Yang’s property, he was able to positively identify both Yang and his wife — the alleged passenger — in a photo lineup.
In a statement to the LA Times, UCSB denied the allegations and cited the CHP report, which said no physical damage was found on the chancellor’s car that would indicate a collision occurred.
“This was not a hit-and-run,” the university said in a statement. “The Chancellor and his wife were surprised to learn of the allegations and they have always maintained that their vehicle did not collide with anyone. … The University and the Chancellor took the allegations of this skateboarder seriously.”
Yang “wants to respect the skateboarder’s report of what the skateboarder believed occurred,” UCSB said in its statement to the LA Times. “Resources were made available to the skateboarder, if he requested them, no matter what the source of the injuries.”
Wow, so Yang’s a liar, too… And what a wonderful example he’s setting. SMH…
The fact that Yang lawyered up and refused to talk to investigators says it all. It’s long past time for him to go.
Nothing wrong with lawyering up. Its his right but nonetheless I do think its possible that it actually occurred. But you should not assume someone is guilty solely on the fact that they got a lawyer.
unless it happens to you, you won’t complain about the lawyer
Refusing to talk to investigators under the guidance of outside counsel, such as that of a legal one, ie a lawyer, is not unusual or suspicious to anyone that has any real knowledge of how these investigations go. Any ordeal that is has an inherent felony undertone has the potential of turning criminal if you decide to speak with the police without the guidance of an attorney. Even if you do speak with a lawyer by your side, there is still a high chance you can say something out of line, causing them to raise otherwise unwarranted suspicion. Why? Because… Read more »
What does that show? The high possibility of false incarceration if you do decide to talk, especially if you go forth without a lawyer.
I can’t believe the stupidity of some of my colleagues when they actually believe that Yang is guilty purely based of him lawyering up… Why did UCSB accept you again? Stop watching dramas/anime and jerking off everyday.
Don’t forget, this is the drunk that brought chief of police James Brock to UCSB without a background check. The same cop who was disqualified from the same position at UCSF for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate and than comes to UCSB to rape an undergraduate.
I think Yang shared one too many drinks with Pervert Brock.
You need a lot of help!
Keep up the good work Neil, you are spreading the truth, sunlight is a powerful disinfectant.
need to size up on the tin foil hat