A 74-year-old man is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Thursday after being charged in the death of a teenage boy who was crossing a street in Santa Clarita in July, prosecutors said.
Ralph August Steger, of Canyon Country, was facing one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter and one infraction each of unsafe speed and failure to stop at a red light, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in a Wednesday news release.
About 2:45 p.m. July 16, the victim was riding a skateboard in a marked crosswalk at Bouquet Canyon and Seco Canyon roads when he was struck by an SUV, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The impact knocked the teen off the skateboard and into a post, sheriff’s Sgt. David Shoemaker said in an interview at the scene.
The boy, identified family friends as 14-year-old Wyatt Savaikie, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash site after the incident.
“The driver is being cooperative with us,” Shoemaker said at the time. “He’s answered all of our questions. But as for what exactly he was doing at that time, I don’t exactly know.”
If convicted as charged, Steger faces one year in county jail and a $1,000 fine, prosecutors said.