Los Gatos resident Dick Chappell, 83, was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail Sunday evening after authorities say he fatally struck a San Jose man riding his Segway at a downtown Morgan Hill crosswalk.
Killed in the accident was Marschelle Syverson, 72, of San Jose.
According to Morgan Hill police Sgt. Troy Hoefling, the accident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Butterfield Boulevard and Jarvis Drive. Chappell, driving a 1991 Lexus SUV, apparently ran the red light and struck Syverson while he was in the crosswalk riding the Segway, he said.
Syverson, who was transported to San Jose Regional Medical Center, later succumbed to his injuries, Hoefling said.
Chappell was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested and booked on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony DUI, Hoefling said. Authorities said they don't know yet what he was doing in Morgan Hill and where he had supposedly been drinking.
According to the officers on scene, Chappell was cooperative, "somewhat in shock as to the nature of what just happened," Hoefling added.
It's not known at this time what Chappell's blood alcohol level was at the time of the accident and the investigation is ongoing. Results from a blood test will be available in the coming days, Hoefling said.
Morgan Hill police issued a press release after the accident and reminded the public not to drink and drive. "DUI collisions are avoidable and are devastating to families and friends. With your continued support we can continue to reduce the number of DUI drivers on our roads," the release said.
It also encouraged motorists and pedestrians to report DUI drivers by calling 911.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have any information regarding the accident to contact Morgan Hill police traffic officer Demetrick Caballero at 408-779-2101 or the anonymous tip line at 408-947-STOP (7867).