The woman accused of fatally was ordered to 360 hours of community service Wednesday after pleading "no contest" to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.
Pacific Palisades resident Cambria Lee Gordon, through her attorney Blair Berk, entered the plea and was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation, according to Terry L. White, chief deputy of the criminal division in the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office.
Of the 360 hours of community service, 120 must be spent cleaning beaches or removing graffiti. She was also ordered to pay more than $1,000 in fines, White said.
According to a Santa Monica Police Department report, Gordon was reaching for her cellphone when she crashed into 82-year-old Howard Smerling as he crossed 26th Street, throwing him into the nearby intersection, shattering his spine, wrist and pelvis.
Gordon was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the police report. The report also stated that Gordon had just returned home from a trip to Israel three days earlier, and felt jetlagged and had experienced vertigo.
According to TMZ, Gordon is the wife of Homeland and 24 producer Howard Gordon.
Smerling had owned Brentwood Royal Cleaners before his retirement, and had handed down the business to his son and wife, who were devastated by his death. Howard was struck July 20 and succumbed to his injuries in October.
In entering her plea, Gordon did not admit guilt, but, at the same time, did not contest the charge.
The Smerling family has filed a civil suit against the Gordons, saying the misdemeanor charge doesn't go far enough.