Truckee man pleads guilty in accident case |

Truckee man pleads guilty in accident case

The Truckee man accused of killing four people in a Jan. 17, 1997, accident on Highway 267 changed his plea from not guilty to guilty last week in Placer County Superior Court.

Robert Scott faces four counts of second-degree murder, four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, one count of felony driving under the influence causing multiple injury and one count of felony driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content in excess of the .08 percent limit, according to a California Highway Patrol release.

Scott was arrested after he allegedly drove his vehicle into the opposing lane and collided head-on with another vehicle on Highway 267 near Northstar.

The collision killed three occupants in the other vehicle. Killed were James Peckler, 52, of Los Gatos, Peckler’s 21-year-old daughter Jill and his 15-year-old son Jeff.

Scott’s brother James, a passenger in his car, was also killed.

Scott is scheduled to appear before Judge J. Richard Couzens on Nov. 4 for sentencing.

CHP Officer Wes Maehler said a gag order is in place until sentencing, therefore preventing comment by the defense and the plaintiffs in the case.

Any questions regarding the case can be referred to Maehler at the Truckee CHP office, 587-3518.

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