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No criminal charges for driver who struck, killed father of Mets GM

ST. PETERSBURG — The driver who struck and killed the father of New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will not be criminally charged, St. Petersburg police said Tuesday night.

Traffic homicide investigators concluded that Jeffrey W. Lachance, 21, of St. Petersburg, was not driving recklessly or impaired by drugs or alcohol when he hit John L. Alderson, 87, on Saturday night.

Lachance told police that he didn't see Alderson. "There's no evidence that this young gentleman did anything that would warrant a criminal charge," said police spokesman Mike Puetz.

John L. Alderson, a retired fighter pilot, was crossing Fourth Street near 36th Avenue N when he was hit by Lachance's Jeep, police said. Alderson died at Bayfront Medical Center.

Puetz said traffic investigators are still examining other evidence, such as skid marks, that might show that Lachance was speeding or made an improper lane change. Such evidence might result in a traffic ticket, Puetz said.

No criminal charges for driver who struck, killed father of Mets GM 11/16/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 11:33am]
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