North Shore hit-and-run hearing delayed
August 30, 2006
The preliminary hearing for Joseph Santen, the man charged on suspicion of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving in the death of cyclist Brad Reilly, has been delayed.
The defense received the long-awaited 300-plus page police report Wednesday, said Placer County Deputy District Attorney Chris Cattran.
The next court date is Oct. 16 in order to re-schedule the preliminary hearing.
Santen, 35, was arrested at his Tahoe City home after allegedly hitting Reilly with his Jeep near Lake Forest on Highway 28. Reilly, 27, later died 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, said Cattran.
Cattran would not comment on the blood alcohol content of both Santen and Reilly, whether or not Santen was driving with a suspended license and the amount of time between the accident and Santen’s arrest.