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
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
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.
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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
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.
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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
Sharon Daly had been drinking.
Recently, prosecutors and Elder’s attorney revealed that blood tests show Daly had also been drinking prior to the deadly crash, although no details about either driver’s level of intoxication have been made public.
Friends of the two women have expressed frustration about the many months it took to charge Elder after the collision, but his waiving of the preliminary hearing could now speed the process along.
Officials with the district attorney’s office said at least some of the delay was because a “black box” that records braking, speed and other vehicle information was difficult to extract from the women’s car.
Stuart Elder Waives Preliminary Hearing