Second hit-and-run driver charged for Paso Robles man’s death

July 9, 2021

Christopher Winters

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors on Thursday charged a driver with felony hit-and-run causing death for allegedly striking and killing a pedestrian in Paso Robles who had already been hit by another vehicle, then fleeing the scene. [Tribune]

Shortly before 2 a.m. on Saturday, a caller reported a gray vehicle had crashed into a pedestrian near the intersection of Meadowlark Road and Deer Springs Drive. The driver fled the scene.

Shortly afterwards, the witness called back to report a second vehicle — a dark colored BMW — ran over the pedestrian. The second driver also fled the scene.

Emergency personnel arrived and pronounced the pedestrian, 22-year-old Steve Leon, dead at the scene.

Officers located the driver of the black BMW, 32-year-old Christopher Winters, and arrested him on a charge of hit-and-run resulting in death or injury. The BMW contained evidence of being involved in the collision, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.

Police did not locate the gray vehicle, nor its driver.

On Thursday, prosecutors charged Winters with a felony count of hit-and-run resulting in death and a misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license. Winters pled not guilty to the charges.

Patrick Fisher, Winters’ attorney, said evidence in investigative reports raises doubt as to whether his client’s vehicle even struck Leon. It is possible the impact from the gray car, rather than Winters’, caused Leon’s death, Fisher said.

Winters is being held in San Luis Obispo County Jail with his bail set at $50,000. He is scheduled back in court on Aug. 11.


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diamond

If he is a white man with money, don’t expect Dan Dow to prosecute. Plea Deal Dan ~


obispan

Yep, plea deal = conviction = conviction rate. They will get the stat., but probation at the maximum for Daddy’s boy. Dan still needs to be able to socialize with his people.


obispan

Patrick Fischer, son of David, one of the guy’s you hire in SLO when you’re really guilty but have a lot of family wealth to get you off. You’re paying not for justice but connections. Probably called him minutes after running over the dude. Must have come in at a lower price than Ilan.