Reckless driver will pay restitution |

Reckless driver will pay restitution

Christina Proctor

A man accused of seriously injuring a South Lake Tahoe woman in an April hit-and-run accident on Kingsbury Grade will pay his victim $114,000 in restitution.

Charles Alexander Meadowcroft, of Scottsdale, Ariz., pleaded guilty to reckless driving with substantial bodily harm and failure to render aid. Meadowcroft was given a suspended sentence of six years, and ordered to spend 60 days in county jail. He was placed on five years probation.

Meadowcroft must also pay Debra Jean Millard $30,000 before Oct. 1, and then start monthly payments of $1,000. He will also have two more lump sum payments of $10,000 and $20,000.

Sentencing on the second count of failure to give aid is scheduled for July 1, 2004. Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Alan Buttell said if Meadowcroft follows the rules of his probation he will not ask for a prison sentence.

Millard was traveling east on Kingsbury Grade when Meadowcroft’s car crossed the center line striking her. Millard was left pinned in her vehicle. Firefighters said they had to dismantle the car from around her. She suffered multiple trauma injuries to her hand, wrist, arm and leg. Meadowcroft’s car went down a steep embankment and hit a tree. Meadowcroft fled the scene.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.