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DUI Vehicular Manslaughter Conviction for Pebble Beach Man

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A jury convicted a man of DUI related vehicular manslaughter in a tragic but now infamous Pebble Beach case. According to KSBW.com news, thirty-two year old Stuart Elder was found guilty of causing the death of Sharon Daly and Linda Larone while driving his own vehicle while intoxicated. Elder's girlfriend, a passenger in his car, was seriously injured in the accident.

The jury concluded that Elder was driving his vehicle with a blood alcohol content near or at .17% and that he caused the accident that resulted in the death of two people and the injury of a third. They heard testimony that the defendant had been drinking wine earlier in the day at the annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival. Officers testified that he operated his Cadillac Escalade at three times the posted speed limit when he lost control, crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with the victim's vehicle.

DUI related vehicular manslaughter requires a finding that the defendant was driving impaired as a result of alcohol intoxication and that the defendant committed a law violation or an omission of a duty while driving. In this case the defendant was driving with a blood alcohol content at .17% (more than twice the per se legal limit) and was driving in excessive of the basic speed law.

The case shook up this quiet and upscale Carmel community. According to KSBW after the verdict was read Elder was immediately taken into custody where he awaits sentencing.

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