Mother of Rampage Killer Acquitted of Hit-And-Run

Sarwat Syed was tried on a felony hit-and-run charge for a 2011 crash. Her son went on a fatal shooting rampage before killing himself in 2013.

By Jason Kandel
|  Saturday, Sep 21, 2013  |  Updated 2:52 PM PDT
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Mother of Alleged OC Shooter in Court

Sarwat Syed appears in court on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 to face felony hit-and-run charges. Her son is accused of a fatal shooting rampage in Orange County before committing suicide.

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Mother of Alleged OC Shooter in Court

Sarwat Syed was in court Monday, facing one count of felony hit and run for a crash that happened in 2011. Her son Ali allegedly went on an early morning shooting rampage last week, killing three people before committing suicide. Vikki Vargas reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2013.
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A jury acquitted a woman, whose son went on a fatal shooting spree before committing suicide, of hit-and-run charges in her own criminal case that seriously injured three people, including a 4-year-old girl.

Sarwat Syed was acquitted on Friday in an Orange County courtroom of the felony charges connected to a 2011 crash on the San Diego Freeway in Irvine.

The crash injured three people when their car slid off the freeway and into a concrete culvert. Prosecutors say Syed failed to stop.

The 4-year-old girl, who's now 6, suffered a broken nose and jaw in the crash and spent 27 days in the hospital.

The girl's family called the acquittal a "travesty."

“Disappointed is a huge understatement,” the girl's father, Robert O'Connor, said on Saturday. "We did our best. We got our day in court."

Syed garnered headlines when her son, Ali, went on a shooting rampage that killed three people in February before he committed suicide.

Syed's attorney, Vincent LaBarbera Jr., said the acquittal is a mixed blessing.

"(Syed's) heart goes out to the victims," he said. "We worked for over two years for a jury to hear her side of the story."

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