Pedestrian killed in Grover Beach hit-and-run identified
August 30, 2016
Grover Beach police have identified the pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run Saturday night as Juli Anna Conn, 59, of Atascadero. Police have also identified Steven Lee Stapleton, 54, of Atascadero as the man who was critically injured in the collision.
Emergency personnel pronounced Conn dead at the scene. Stapleton was transported to a local hospital, where he remains in the intensive care unit.
At around 9:55 p.m., a dark colored sedan with tinted windows struck Conn and Stapleton near the intersection of Grand Avenue and 7th Street in Grover Beach. Officers responded to the scene and found Conn and Stapleton lying on Grand Avenue.
Witnesses at the scene identified Arroyo Grande resident Zachary David Diaz, 20, as the hit-and-run driver. Grover Beach police tracked Diaz’s car to Arroyo Grande and arrested him early Sunday morning.
Police charged Diaz with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run causing death. Officers booked Diaz into the San Luis Obispo County Jail with his bail set at $50,000. He is no longer in custody, according to the county sheriff’s office website.