Millbrae: Woman run over by SUV dies of injuries; driver charged with murder

MILLBRAE – An unhoused woman died Wednesday morning of injuries she suffered when she was run over by a sport utility vehicle last month in Millbrae. The man San Mateo County prosecutors say was behind the wheel now faces a charge of murder.

The case against 23-year-old Millbrae resident Garrett Young, however, remains on hold while doctors assess his competency to stand trial. Their reports are due Nov. 15, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The victim – identified by prosecutors as 53-year-old Gryselda Joseph – died of her injuries just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Young potentially faces up to life in prison if found guilty of the premeditated and deliberate murder charge, which includes a special circumstance of murder by lying in wait, Wagstaffe said.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 20, a deputy found Joseph lying in the parking lot of a Starbucks at 513 Broadway in Millbrae. She had major injuries and appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.

Investigators found surveillance camera footage of a BMW SUV hitting Joseph at a “high rate of speed and then running her over several more times,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies arrested Young at a home on Henry Place in Millbrae after they found an SUV parked outside that matched the one in the video. The sheriff’s office said the SUV also had damage consistent with a recent crash.

Young, who worked at a Safeway close to where Joseph was found, was angry with her because she had been “mean” to him in recent months, according to prosecutors. Joseph reportedly yelled at Young about the supermarket’s restrooms not being clean and told him he wasn’t doing his job.

Young is being held without bail at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City.

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Author: Jason Green