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Defendant Sentenced for Insurance Fraud, Reckless Driving

DATE:  April 21, 2016

CASE:  Timothy Sean McCrystle

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Kelly Mulcahy, Insurance Fraud Unit

Forty-nine-year-old Timothy Sean McCrystle pled no contest to misdemeanor insurance fraud and misdemeanor reckless driving.  He was sentenced to 30 days in county jail and 3 years probation.  He will also be required to pay a $250 fine plus penalties and fees.

On August 15, 2015, the victim drove past McCrystle, who was driving unusually slow with his two children in the vehicle.  McCrystle sped up to catch the victim and then abruptly braked and slowed his car to match the victim’s speed.  As they continued to drive, McCrystle remained driving alongside the victim at the same pace for several blocks.  Suddenly, he edged into the victim’s lane causing them to collide.  He hit the victim’s car a second time before exiting his vehicle.  He then stood directly in front of the victim’s car, blocking her way, and proceeded to yell at her and slam his hands on the hood of her car.  McCrystle eventually let the victim leave when he became aware the incident was being videotaped with a dash-mounted video camera in a nearby vehicle. 

McCrystle returned home and called 911 to report a hit and run.  When interviewed by CHP, he stated the victim flipped him off as she sped up and passed him.  After the collision, McCrystle admitted trying to block the victim’s car and stated he was unable to get her license plate number. He also gave a recorded statement to USAA insurance and repeated the same false version of facts. McCrystle obtained the dash camera video of the evidence and provided it to his insurance company.  After viewing the video, the case was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, Auto Insurance Fraud Unit. 


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