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47-Year-Old Yahoo Architect Pleads Guilty To Drunken Driving In Marin Crash

47-year-old Elizabeth Collet Funk of San Francisco, a prominent financier who was an early Yahoo executive, pleaded guilty to drunken driving Thursday.

The DUI crash in which Funk was involved took place in Mill Valley in December 2015. Her blood alcohol level came out to be four times the legal limit for driving.

The collision occurred at about 6:40 pm when Funk was driving a 2012 Land Rover on northbound Highway 101 near the Seminary Drive exit. She rear-ended a car ahead of her in traffic. The weather was rainy and windy at the time.

Details of the incident were given by CHP Officer Patrick Roth, who said that she veered off the highway and crashed into a fence. Luckily, no injuries were reported in either vehicle.

According to a complaint by the Marin County District Attorney’s Office, a blood alcohol test was administered which registered her BAC level at 0.32 and 0.33 percent, much higher than the legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent.

Funk admitted to the drunken driving charge, along with a count of child endangerment. According to the California Highway Patrol, her 11-year-old daughter was in the back seat of the car. She told the police that she was driving her daughter to a medical appointment.

Her sentencing is scheduled for July 13 by Judge Andrew Sweet. She faces a 90-day sentence and can apply to serve it out of custody on an ankle bracelet monitor. Her defense attorney, Geoffrey Rotwein, declined to comment Thursday.

Her biography at the Dignity Fund shows that Funk was an early Yahoo executive who founded the Yahoo Shopping feature. She is the CEO of the fund that provides loans to poor entrepreneurs in developing companies. Funk is also a former product manager at Microsoft. She has also sat on the boards of numerous other microloan enterprises, nonprofits and corporate entities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

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