Hit-and-run trial re-scheduled
October 17, 2006
The early settlement conference for Joseph Santen, the Tahoe City man charged on suspicion of the murder of a North Tahoe man, has been delayed.
The original court hearing was scheduled for Oct. 16, but has been re-scheduled for Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m., according to the Placer County District Attorney’s office.
Either a preliminary hearing date will be scheduled or a settlement will be reached at the early conference, said Deputy District Attorney Bill Doyle.
Santen is charged on suspicion of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving in the death of cyclist Brad Reilly.
Santen, 35, was arrested at his Tahoe City on July 16 home after allegedly hitting Reilly with his Jeep near Lake Forest on Highway 28. Reilly, 27, died days later from head injuries sustained in the collision.
Santen, who officers said appeared to be under the influence at the time of his arrest, has three previous convictions of driving under the influence, according to Placer County Deputy District Attorney Chris Cattran.
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Cattran was not available for comment regarding the blood alcohol content of either Santen or Reilly, whether or not Santen was driving with a suspended license, and the amount of time between the accident and Santen’s arrest.