Man Convicted On Hit & Run Through His Google Queries

January 20, 2009

California (ChattahBox) – A San Francisco man has proven that Google is for more then just looking up Family Guy quotes, it’s also a tool for police to find the perpetrators of heinous crimes.

Lee Harbert, an investment banker, was well known to the police for his frequent DUI’s, which he did not look as though he was planning on stopping. It was January 11, 2005, when his drunk driving finally caught up to him, and he killed Gurdeep Kaur.

After hitting her with his Jaguar, he took off, and for some time it looked like he might get away with it, after he told police he had thought he had hit a deer, not a person, and so was justified in his failure to stop.

But police were still suspicious, and upon searching his computer they found several Google searches, containing phrases such as ‘hit-and-run’, ‘auto parts’, and ‘auto glass reporting requirements to law enforcement’. He even traveled to a link describing the accident he had been involved in.

He had been sent to prison for a three year sentence, and his appeal for a shorter sentence has been denied.


One Response to “Man Convicted On Hit & Run Through His Google Queries”

  1. Swedegirl on January 30th, 2009 5:56 am

    I think that’s a bit ridiculous really. The wording in those searches still doesn’t prove that he knew at the time what he had done. If he had searched “covering up hit-and-run” that would be a different story. And really, is it surprising he had an interest in seeing what the news said happened?

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