Tuesday Feb 09 2010
Hit and run suspect pleads not guilty
By: Eric Laughlin, The Press Tribune
DA drops vehicular manslaughter charge
The man accused of striking and killing a woman with his vehicle on Interstate 80 last week pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Jeremy Sarguis, 21, of Antelope, faces charges including felony hit and run causing death. He had originally been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, but the Placer County District Attorney’s Office announced at Tuesday’s arraignment that it would not be pursuing that charge. Sarguis turned himself into the California Highway Patrol hours after his alleged involvement in the early Thursday morning collision that killed 47-year-old Vickie Janell Scott of Grass Valley. Scott had been walking along I-80 near Atlantic Street when she was struck and killed at about 4:30 a.m. Witnesses have said Scott left Thunder Valley Casino at about 12:30 a.m. and may have been trying to get back to Grass Valley. Sarguis was supposed to be arraigned Monday, but his attorney Linda Parisi asked for a delay so she could prepare an argument to have his bail reduced. It had originally been set at $175,000. After evaluating the case, Judge Robert McElhany reduced the amount to $35,000 during Tuesday's hearing. Scott’s father Steve Scott was in court for Monday’s scheduled hearing and was very vocal afterward about his feelings toward Sarguis. “It’s absolutely terrible what he did,” Scott said . “How can somebody have no remorse for the life of a human being? I would like to see him pay for what he’s done to my daughter.” Attorney Parisi offered her condolences to the Scott family on behalf of her client. His release was pending, according to Placer County Jail records last updated Tuesday evening. A spokesman for the DA's office said Sarguis could also face probation violation charges stemming from a prior DUI.