2 Drunks = 1 Dead + 1 Arrested in So Tahoe
One South Lake Tahoe man was killed and another arrested for DUI after a Toyota sedan struck a pedestrian on Lake Tahoe Boulevard 6:45 p.m. Friday.
South Lake Tahoe Police offficers arrived to find a 51-year-old man lying in the roadway. Officers initiated CPR to attempt to resuscitate the male until rescue personnel arrived on scene to take over. The man was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Officers contacted the driver of the involved vehicle, 49-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident Gregory Stearns. During the course of their investigation, Stearns was found to have a suspended driver's license from a prior DUI conviction. Stearns was ultimately arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended license. The cause of the collision is still under investigation, initial indications are that the pedestrian was crossing Lake Tahoe Blvd outside of a crosswalk, was wearing dark clothing in an unlit portion of the highway, and failed to yield to the oncoming traffic. The pedestrian may also have been intoxicated and has a history with the South Lake Tahoe Police department for public intoxication.