Yelena Krupen sentenced, Santa Monica Bike Action Plan, Cat pounces printer

By Mihai Peteu

Krupen was charged with a Hit and run involving property damage for colliding with Brandon Chau in Beverly Hills last year. The second charge was driving with a suspended license – that was dropped. She been sentenced to 36 months summary probation, $354.77 restitution to the victim, and 15 days of jail time.



Santa Monica Spoke invites those that ride, patronize businesses, live, or play in Santa Monica to give input at a city-sponsored community meeting this Sunday, 5pm, at 502 Colorado Ave, 90401. Things are definitely picking up steam in SM and this is a good chance to help draw up a new Bicycle Action Plan for the city.


And if Alex Thompson wasn’t so busy taking over the world, he’d want you to see this:

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10 Responses to “Yelena Krupen sentenced, Santa Monica Bike Action Plan, Cat pounces printer”

  1. Good. Justice is served. Had she not run off then she wouldn’t have any problems what so ever. So tough tits. She will get a book and release most likely because of overcrowding but at least it’s on her record and next time maybe this asshole will think twice about running. Fair warning to all you would be hit and run drivers. Cyclists are a nutty energetic resourceful obsessive tech saavy bunch. You will be hunted. Forever.

    I only wish that Judges would be consistent with their sentencing. Judge Fox didn’t give one day of time to the drunk girl who maimed Birdman for life. Glenn Gritzner only got $500 fine for his hit and run conviction…. The woman in the Ed Magos case got 90 days. And ALL are still driving. Our justice system needs an enima. A jaywalking ticket is 191 dollars. Do the math.

  2. Agreed that the inconsistency is maddening. CA desperately needs minimum penalties wrt hit and run. And license suspension is just a no brainer.

  3. Well, her attorney did her no favors. I was a bystander when he approached the victim with an offer of a few hundred dollars and a hard luck story about his client – how she’s already paid in tears, etc. All without really acknowledging the victim at all. After ten minutes of his spin, I told him that it sounded like his client has had a rough time of it… that I sympathize. He saw the sarcasm.

    I had the good fortune of being personally acquainted for a time with his client when she lived in my apartment building. There’s a reason why she didn’t appear for pre-trial settlement discussions that day: she wouldn’t look very sympathetic to a guy whom she’d run down. She’s straight-up Beverly Hills. High-gloss edition.

    While I can’t be objective about the sentence, I think that we can say justice has been served, and that we all owe Brandon Chau some gratitude for seeing it through. Many folks would have sensed the attorney’s desperation (despite the lowball offer) and reached for his intestines by way of settlement. Brandon chose to take a higher road. And good for him.

    Humorous (not really) addendum: After the defendant moved out of her apartment, another young woman took it, fresh off a conviction for DUI hit-and-run. She had mowed down a pedestrian in a crosswalk in SM and took off. Talk about a star-crossed apartment.

  4. Wow. The chance of that happening…

    Hopefully her sentence knocks some sense into her. However, license suspension should be mandatory in any hit-and-run. It’s like handing back a weapon to someone and saying “here, try again”.

  5. She so deserves it!, enough of the Beverly Hills airheads getting away with stuff. The interesting thing is that she sounded almost proud of “totaling her car” as she said before being part of the race car show Bullrun…not so funny now huh?, with a DUI and now this, she deserves it!

  6. Never heard of Bullrun until now. Had to look it up:

    “Bullrun is a reality television show where 12 teams compete in a 4,100 mile road race”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullrun

  7. Yelena never looked better than in that photo. Reality shows generate a certain kind of notoriety, but we never take too close a look at the desperate climb to the C-list celebrity pinnacle. Now we know it may include a conviction and jail time as it does in her case. Perhaps the prosecutor should have introduced Bullrun as evidence in the case…for her overall bad judgment if not for her history of reckless driving. The tenant who took her place and also was convicted of hit-and-run was a bit of a tart too.

  8. She deserves all of it plus more. Justice has been dished. I really don’t think she’s learned her lesson despite this though, for which I pity her.

  9. Wow, so glad to see Brandon stuck with it. Many months ago I crossed paths with him on 4th Street and asked him how the case was proceeding. He was very down about it, wanted to stick with it and see it through, but was clearly exhausted from the whole process. I commend him for sticking to it even though it took so long to resolve. We have to show criminal drivers that we won’t just let them get away with it. Twenty-five days isn’t much, but like a previous poster said, it’s on her record now. And maybe it’s not just about showing the bad drivers that we won’t take it, but also about showing the courts and judges that they need to take us seriously? Of course I would prefer a revoked license, but just so glad Brandon saw it through.

  10. It has taken me this long to respond to the article because it was an emotional trying experience and I am now prepared to write about it. Here is my side of the story….

    In December, 2010, around 9 am, I was going to work via my usual route on Little Santa Monica Blvd. Traffic was moving very slowly. I approached the intersection of Bedford Drive going West when cyclist Brandon Chau came out of nowhere dodging in and out of traffic and cut me off by stopping abruptly in front of me as the light went from green to yellow.

    My front bumper lightly touched his rear wheel. He lost his balance and fell to the ground. He stood up and angrily cursed at me for the entire time the light was red. I was really frightened. Then he picked up his bike and rode away. I was startled at his behavior and didn’t know what to do. So, I watched him speed away on the sidewalk weaving between pedestrians, business as usual. I continued on my way to work after the light changed to green.

    I discussed the incident with my co-workers. They shrugged it off when I told them it was very minor and the cyclist rode off with no apparent damage to his bicycle or to his person. I had no way of contacting him and frankly he was so abusive with his swearing and gestures, I was afraid to get out of my car. Since he needed no help, I just sat in the curb lane shaking till I was able to compose myself and continue on to work.

    A few months later, the BHPD called and asked me to come in to make a statement concerning the accident. I did so telling them exactly as I relate it today. I did not have a lawyer with me. They reassured me that it was just an accident and that there was no one at fault. They asked if I would pay for the damage to the bicycle and I agreed. It was around $200. A few weeks after the interview, I received a letter to appear in court on a Hit and Run charge. I was shocked and dismayed because the cyclist had no ill effects from the accident and I had agreed to pay for the damage. More so, Brandon Chau was the one who took off without any exchange of contact information.

    At this time, I declined the Public Defender and hired my own lawyer. I read with interest Plebis Power’s post which stated that my attorney offered to pay Brandon for the damages and spun a hard luck story about me. I knew nothing about it, in fact, I had already agreed to pay for the damage at an earlier meeting with BHPD.

    Plebis Power made another comment about my appearance; that I am “an high gloss Beverly Hills edition”. Well, I am a dedicated hard working professional with 7 years experience(at the time) in the entertainment industry in the Production Finance area. I have a masters degree in linguistics and economics. Don’t hate me because I happen to be put together nicely! I did show up for every hearing and was at all pre-trial settlement discussions. I never looked for sympathy, only to make Brandon whole again.

    I was never booked, arrested or charged with any crime, nor did I spend any time in jail. I pleaded no contest to avoid all the expenses of a lawyer that would have added up to much more than the $8,000 I paid him. The incident is on my record, but I plan to have it expunged, now that my probation has terminated last year.

    Brandon Chau is not a victim, rather, he used the law and the sympathy that pedestrians and cyclists get when they are accidentally hit to pursue me in Court. Since there were no medical damages, he decided to go after me using the Court system. My ONLY offense was that it was judged a hit and run accident. As explained, there seemed no chance to exchange contact information as he sped off without so much a word other than his swearing tirade. He was not hurt, only his cycle needed minor repairs, ones that I could not see. It worked well enough for him to ride away.

    I am neither callous nor unsympathetic toward Brandon. I’m not sure of this, but fairly positive that he was talked into pursuing the case by the Beverly Hills District Attorney who was prodded into making an example of me by the BH City Council and their City Manager when BHPD refused to file charges. Hit and run is an inflammatory issue on which politicians can and will always end up with a positive spin to forward their own agenda.

    My personal opinion which is shared by many others is that pedestrian, bicyclists, and motor cyclists pay little attention to laws and have a sense of entitlement when it comes to right of way. They cause many accidents by jay walking, crossing when the signals are against them, and stepping off of curbs without so much as a glance toward potential traffic coming their way. Bicycles and motorized two wheel vehicles are in the same category as they have a wonton disregard for traffic lights, stop signs and other motorists.

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