Nirav Tolia, the chief executive officer of Nextdoor.com Inc., will serve 30 days in a county work program to resolve a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge stemming from a freeway accident near San Francisco.
Tolia, 42, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and given the option of serving that term in the work program, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe’s office. Judge Jonathan Karesh also ordered Tolia to serve two years of probation, prosecutors said.
Tolia agreed to plead no contest yesterday after the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, according to Wagstaffe and Dan Barton, Tolia’s lawyer. Barton said Tolia chose the work program over jail.
“I am relieved that after further examination of the facts, the DA reduced the charge to a misdemeanor and that Thursday’s hearing brought the matter to a close,” Tolia said in an e-mailed statement.
In August, Tolia started to change lanes while driving on the freeway, causing another driver to swerve to avoid a collision. That driver’s vehicle spun across the road and collided with the center concrete barrier, according to prosecutors. There was no contact between the vehicles, they said.
“It was a hit and run with no hit,” Barton said. Tolia didn’t stop or call the police, who came to his home the same day, Barton said. Tolia said he didn’t see the driver hit the median, according to Barton. The other driver broke bones in her hand, and a lawyer representing her is now seeking damages of $3.5 million in a lawsuit, Barton said.
Nextdoor, a social website for neighborhoods, keeps the networks private by verifying residents so they’re comfortable sharing tips on local crime, babysitters or lawn maintenance.
The site raised $60 million in an October funding round that valued the San Francisco-based company at more than $500 million, people familiar with the matter said at the time. Investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Tiger Global Management, Comcast Ventures, Benchmark, Greylock Partners and Shasta Ventures.