Hit-and-run hearing postponed
August 31, 2006
Thursday’s arraignment hearing for Scott Lindner, the 18-year-old driver suspected in the hit-and-run death of Truckee resident Keith Stewart and two sexual assault allegations, was rescheduled for this morning by the Nevada County Superior Court in Truckee.
Stewart’s father, Lance Skupen, and Stewart’s brother, Paul Stewart, both attended the hearing Thursday morning. Lindner was not present in court. The teen is being represented by Tahoe City attorney John Ward, according to the Truckee district attorney’s office.
Ward was contacted but was not available for comment by deadline.
Lindner, of Ross, Calif., was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in the Aug. 16 Truckee River Regional Park collision that killed 19-year-old Stewart. Lindner posted bail for those charges, but was arrested again on Aug. 22, on suspicion of assault to commit a felony sex offense, false imprisonment, attempted oral copulation, intimidation of a victim, battery and annoying or molesting two children under the age of 18, one of whom is younger than 14.
Truckee police learned of the sexual assault allegations while investigating the hit-and-run collision. The hit-and-run collision and the sexual assault allegations against Lindner are not related, police said.
Lindner posted bail for the sexual assault charges on Monday, according to Wayne Brown Correctional Facility officials.