That On Star Will Hang You

Stuart Elder’s Cadillac provided data that we was flying.

The victims, Linda LaRone, 65, and Sharon Daly, 72, were former owners of a popular Pacific Grove pet shop that Elder remembered visiting as a child, he said prior to sentencing.

His blood-alcohol level was .17 — more than twice the legal limit — and he had been driving three times the 25-mph speed limit along Sloat Road in the Del Monte Forest when the crash occurred. Investigators were aided in reconstructing the crash with electronic data from Elder’s Cadillac Escalade.

That On Star Will Hang You

Stuart Elder Changes His Story

Grasping to shift the blame, he adds Bambi to the story and says he was at half the speed originally stated.

Stuart Elder, the man convicted in the drunken-driving deaths, took the stand Thursday to testify he was driving on Sloat Road in Pebble Beach at about 30 mph, when he saw a deer on the road, prosecutor Meredith Sillman said Monday. Elder then testified he sped onto the opposite side of the road to avoid crashing into the animal, saw the victims and crashed head-on, Sillman said.

“He changed his story at the last minute to fit the evidence that we had brought in,” Sillman said.

Elder’s original story stated Sharon Daly, 72, who was driving the Ford Freestyle with Linda LaRone, 65, as her passenger, cut him off, which led to the crash. Elder was the only person the defense called to testify, Sillman said.

Stuart Elder Changes His Story

 

Stuart Elder Found Guilty

Fifteen years? Only fifteen years.

Stuart Elder, a 31-year-old builder, faces up to 15 years in prison for the manslaughter deaths of Linda LaRone, 65, and Sharon Daly, 72. The women were the former owners of a popular Pacific Grove pet shop.

Still the blame shifting continues…:

At trial, Elder’s lawyer Michael Lukehart had argued Daly, who was driving, had also been drinking that night.

Sillman said the responsibility of the two deaths, and injuries to his passenger, were solely Elder’s fault.

Stuart Elder Found Guilty

The Perception Is What Matters In Stuart Elder Trial

Nevermind the facts like he was intoxicated and speeding when he crashed, killing two women.

Sillman said Elder’s blood alcohol level was of .17 — more than twice the legal limit. Lukehart did not say whether Daly’s blood alcohol level was ever determined.

Data pulled from Elder’s Cadillac SUV showed that 1.5 seconds before the vehicles crashed head-on, Elder was driving three times the 25 mph speed limit. It wasn’t until a half-second before the wreck that Elder hit the breaks, slowing from 77 mph to 71 mph, Sillman said.

“We will not be contesting the physical facts of the case. What we are contesting is the perception,” he

The Perception Is What Matters In Stuart Elder Trial

Stuart Elder DUI-Manslaughter Trial Defenses

Denial is more than a long river in Africa.

Elder faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Because investigators did not find previous driving under the influence convictions, he is not facing a life sentence. Elder has a checkered driving history, with more than a dozen traffic citations between 2003 and 2012.

He says we was cut off:

“He said he was cut off by a vehicle and was unable to avoid it, then they collided,” Avila said. “He seemed to be upset, irrational, excited and talkative.”

Then his DUI blood test was unconstitutional:

Prosecutor Meredith Sillman argued that Elder signed a release allowing medics to withdraw blood from his body prior to being jailed, and that the officer acted in conformity with the law. The court agreed with Sillman and admitted the tests as evidence during trial.

Then it was due to the way the road is laid out:

“What if it was a traffic engineering issue? What if others reacted the same way in that area? Since it’s a homicide, perception here is crucial,” he said.

Sillman said “it is just too much” data for her to collect and find exactly what the defense is looking for. The court denied the defense’s motion.

Stuart Elder DUI-Manslaughter Trial Defenses

Stuart Elder DUI Trial Set

Hope Elder never drives a car again.

California Highway Patrol officers say that on the evening of the crash, Elder’s Cadillac SUV swerved into an opposing lane of Sloat Road in Pebble Beach. The Cadillac crashed into a 2005 Ford. LaRone and Daly died at the scene. The women were well known locally as former owners of a Pacific Grove pet store.

He was arrested at the scene by CHP officers and released on $430,000 bail.

Elder is charged with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, plus a special enhancement of causing great bodily injury to his passenger, 20-year-old Selvia Gattas.

Stuart Elder Trial Set

People Injured By Drunk Driver Aaron Corn Ask For His Release

Well, their odds of being injured by a drunk have played out. Mine on the other hand have yet to be met. Please keep me safe and keep the man in jail..

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Corn has served roughly half of his sentence, taking good behavior credits into consideration. If his full sentence is reinstated, he will likely be incarcerated 2½ years more.

“I’m just asking for one chance to prove that I can be a better person than I was three years ago,” he told Scott.

Scott then asked Corn a question, telling him he didn’t have to answer.

The judge read a three-year-old letter to the court from the father of one of Corn’s passengers that said Corn was manipulative and had lived “a lifetime of bad decisions.”

Scott asked Corn what he had to say about the statement.

Corn appeared stunned by the words and said he hardly knew the father, adding, “That’s not who I am.”

Prosecutor Todd Hornik asked for Corn’s full sentence to be reinstated.

“He will walk out” of prison, Hornik said. “Miss Hill will never walk.”

Hornik said Corn, who had been in a residential rehabilitation program before the crash, had used up his second chances.

“If he hadn’t been afforded that opportunity while he was in juvenile rehab, we wouldn’t be here today,” Hornik said.

People Injured By Drunk Driver Ask For His Release

Fatal Accident Driver's Blood Test "not inconsistent with the charges."

Plus gleening evidence from computers in both cars.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Terry Spitz said prosecutor Ed Hazel was expected to file charges on Friday or early next week against Pacific Grove builder Stuart Elder, who was arrested on charges of vehiclular manslaughter while under the influence.

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Elder’s attorney, Paul Nathan Puri, said Elder “flatly denies he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.”

But Spitz said Thursday that Elder’s final blood toxicology reports are “not inconsistent with the charges.”

Fatal Accident Driver’s Blood Test “not inconsistent with the charges.”

Felony DUI Aaron Corn Granted Appeal

The media talks about Chelsie all the time, but it was reported that 4 others were injured, Corn took the car without permission AND was on probation. Stay in jail, boy.

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A Pacific Grove man who paralyzed a friend in a drunken-driving accident will get another chance to get out of prison.

The 6th District Court of Appeals this week reversed the seven-year prison sentence of Aaron Corn and remanded him for a new sentencing hearing before Judge Russell Scott.

The three-judge panel unanimously concurred with Corn that Scott wrongly concluded the then-18-year-old was ineligible for probation after paralyzing Chelsie Hill. In a unanimous ruling written by Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, the panel voiced no opinion about what Corn’s new sentence should be, only that probation should be on the table.

Felony DUI Aaron Corn Granted Appeal

CHP Has Cause To Conclude That Stuart Elder Was Drunk

Sizing up to be a quite a case. Lawyers now accusing news of yellow journalism

On Monday, Puri issued a statement denying the allegations and making Elder out to be a concerned man who took care of his friend in the crash’s aftermath and is mourning the deaths he caused.

He said Elder “will be vindicated in a court of law.”

But California Highway Patrol public information officer Bob Lehman said the officers — who are highly trained in accident investigation and determining whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs — had cause to conclude Elder was drunk, though he wouldn’t go into details. He also noted the CHP is the top echelon when it comes to skills, training, technique and information regarding DUI investigations.

CHP Has Cause To Conclude That Stuart Elder Was Drunk