• Passenger ID’d in crash involving drunk driver from Pacific Grove

    Stuart Elder, a 30-year-old Pacific Grove resident, was arrested for drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter Sunday night, April 7 following a crash in Pebble Beach in which two Pebble Beach residents were killed and a passenger with Elder, since identified as Selvia Gattas, 20, of Pebble Beach, was seriously injured

    According to California Highway Patrol, Elder was driving a 2009 Cadillac when he crossed the center of the road and collided with a 2005 Ford on Sloat Road at about 7:30 p.m.

    The two women in the Ford, a 72-year-old and a 65-year-old, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

    Stuart Elder

    Gattas was flown to Stanford Medical Center following the collision, where she remains at this time. There is no update on her condition.

    Police said Elder sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital where he was arrested. He was booked into Monterey County Jail early Monday. Elder, a luxury home builder, was released from custody about noon on Monday after posting $430,000 in bail, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

    The Monterey County Herald reports, “A computer index of Monterey County court records show Elder received 13 traffic citations between 2003 and 2012. Records from a single criminal case dating to November 2000 were no longer available after December 2007, the index said.”

    Police are still investigating the incident.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 10, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log, Uncategorized

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