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The Placer County District Attorney’s office is deciding whether or not to file charges against a Kings Beach man suspected in the death of a Truckee resident.

On March 4, Stephen K. Ramm, 46, was driving eastbound on State Route 28 through Kings Beach towards Crystal Bay when his 1981 Dodge pickup veered into the westbound lane and continued up onto the sidewalk, stopping just inches from the front door of the Brockway Theater.

At the same time, the Kelly family of Truckee – Joan, Crispin and their 16-year-old son Kyle – were walking toward the movie theater.



Ramm’s speeding vehicle struck all three, killing Joan, 45, instantly at the scene.

Crispin, 47, and Kyle sustained various injuries and were treated at Tahoe Forest Hospital.



Ramm claims to have experienced a temporary loss of consciousness due to a medical condition just before the accident, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP handed the case over to the district attorney’s office late last week with a recommendation that felony manslaughter charges be filed against Ramm.

“We found Ramm at fault in the accident for his failure to drive on the right half of the roadway and also in violation for driving on the sidewalk,” said CHP Officer Kirk Bromell. “The investigation also showed that Ramm had previously been informed by physicians that he had experienced past episodes of losses of consciousness. He had also been told that he should not operate a vehicle because of that condition.”

On Wednesday, Chris Cattran in the Placer County District Attorney’s office said no filing decision had been made.


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