Denies being under the influence.
A week after the collision, Elder’s attorney Paul Puri issued a statement Elder flatly denied he was drunk at the time. The statement said Elder had comforted the injured Gattas and had taken “all precautions, care and concern under the circumstances.”
Messages touting two after-parties following that weekend’s Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, including photos of the crowds in attendance, were posted from a Twitter account pertaining to Elder construction business several days before the collision.
The festival ended early Sunday afternoon, several hours before the fatal crash.
Through his attorney, Elder has said he was not coming from the festival when the crash occurred.