From the Hi-Desert Star in California:
An update from an earlier blog post regarding a hit-and-run case in California:
On September 16, 2009 the 57-year old driver ran his 1996 Mazda pick-up truck into a 51-year old Danish photographer, fatally injuring him. The driver “is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run resulting in injury or death.”
Witnesses report that the driver struck the photographer and then “went over the man and spit him out into the gutter.” An off-duty officer called police and then began CPR.
Police soon received a second call regarding another nearby crash. A witness had seen the accident, saw the driver inhaling from a can, took his keys, and called 9-1-1. When police responded they found the same pick-up truck involved in the first accident and the driver was “slumped over the steering wheel of the car” and “kind of out of it.” The driver failed a field sobriety test. Five cans of computer duster were found in the pick-up.
The driver’s wife claims that “her husband takes prescription drugs, but she said he uses the aerosol cans in his construction business.”