Highway 267 accident suspect indicted on 2nd-degree murder charges
Robert Subcontractor Scott, the Truckee man accused of killing four people in the Jan. 17 multiple-vehicle accident on Highway 267, has been indicted by a grand jury on four counts of second-degree murder.
Placer County Deputy District Attorney Gene Gini said Scott was arraigned at the Placer County Jail court in Auburn Friday, May 30, when he pled not guilty on all four counts. Scott is being held in Auburn at the Placer County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Gini said Scott’s trial date will be set Monday, June 16, in Auburn.
Arrested at Tahoe Forest
California Highway Patrol officers arrested Scott Jan. 28 at Tahoe Forest Hospital and charged the man with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI with injury, penalty enhancement for bodily injury or death to more than one victim and felony DUI.
CHP officer Ron Wulff said investigators believe a Honda Civic was following a GMC Jimmy southbound on Highway 267 in the Martis Valley as Scott was driving his Ford northbound. For an unknown reason, the Ford drifted across the center divider, hitting the Jimmy almost head on.
The Jimmy was thrown to the west side of the highway, while the Ford began rolling. Wulff said investigators believe the driver of the Civic saw the collision and tried moving to the left side of the road, only to be struck by the rolling pickup.
Killed in the accident were Ford passenger James Scott, 39, of Truckee, and Jimmy occupants James Peckler, 52, Jeff Peckler, 15, and Jill Peckler, 21, all of Los Gatos, Calif. Injured in the accident were Honda Civic passengers Matthew Cook, 25, and Christine Vickers, 29, both of San Francisco, Helene Cahen of El Cerrito and Malinda Wilders, 33, of the Bay Area. All four sustained minor to moderate injuries.
Penny McKinney, 33, of Truckee was also injured as a passenger in the Ford.
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