• Stuart Elder to be Formally Charged Nov. 8

    Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced that Stuart Elder, 31, of Pacific Grove, will be formally charged with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count each for the death of Pebble Beach residents Sharon Daly and Linda Larone and a special enhancement of causing great bodily injury to a third person, Selvia Gattas. The charges are the result of an April 7, 2013 collision that left the two Pebble Beach women dead and Elder’s companion, Gattas, seriously injured.
    “After extensive work by the Monterey Office of the California Highway Patrol and the CHP-Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Teams, the investigation was recently completed and forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review. As a result of the collision, the defendant was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, booked, and later released on bail,” said the Distict Attorney in a press release.

    The defense attorney, Paul Nathan Puri of San Francisco, has been notified and the defendant will be arraigned on Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison if convicted. Elder has been free from jail on $430,000 bail since the night he was arrested.

    The two women were killed when Elder’s Cadillac SUV crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into their car, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Daly, 72, and Larone, 65, were best friends and had once owned a popular pet store, Stone’s, in Pacific Grove.

    Cedar Street Times, 306 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950

    Stuart Elder

    Stuart Elder

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 4, 2013

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