Pedestrian struck in hit and run in South Lake; driver faces DUI, elder abuse charges |

Pedestrian struck in hit and run in South Lake; driver faces DUI, elder abuse charges

A South Lake Tahoe man is facing several charges after an alleged hit and run involving a pedestrian on the corner of Sierra Boulevard and Lake Tahoe Boulevard on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Gary J. Stanton, 66, was arrested Saturday night after reportedly hitting an unidentified man crossing the street in the crosswalk, according to South Lake Tahoe Police Department spokesman Lt. Brian Williams.

Though Stanton initially stopped to check on the victim, when South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene ahead of the police, Stanton fled with his passenger, Williams said.

According to the police report, witnesses to the accident described the vehicle to the police, who began searching for Stanton. Officers soon found the car’s passenger — Stanton’s father, who is in his 90s and uses a walker — on the corner of Ruth and Dunlap streets.

Williams said Stanton had left his father to go hide his car.

While speaking with Stanton’s father, “Stanton walked up to the officer and displayed signs and symptoms of alcohol consumption,” said Williams. “He refused to identify where his car was hidden.”

Police later found the 1996 Subaru Legacy on Eloise Avenue.

“There was significant damage to the windshield,” explained Williams, adding that this is consistent with the victim’s account. “When he was struck by the vehicle, he rolled up on to the hood of the vehicle and back into the road.”

Stanton’s blood sample has been sent off to analyze his Blood Alcohol Content, and the results should be back in a few weeks, Williams noted.

Stanton was taken to the El Dorado County Jail and held on $225,000 bail. He now faces three charges, including Hit and Run Causing Bodily Injury, DUI Alcohol Causing Injury, and Abuse of an Elder or Dependent Adult.

“He had a 90-year-old passenger that he jeopardized with the impact and driving drunk,” explained Williams.

The victim of the hit and run was taken to Barton Health with non-life threatening injuries.

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