Man guilty of lesser charge in pedestrian’s death |

Man guilty of lesser charge in pedestrian’s death

A Reno man was convicted of a count of failure to yield or exercise due care to a pedestrian on Thursday in a fatal collision in Gardnerville last fall.

Francisco Castillo-Quitero, 44, was found innocent of vehicular manslaughter during a bench trial in East Fork Justice Court.

Ohio resident Charles W. Keller, 60, was killed Sept. 26, 2015, walking across Highway 395 in the crosswalk between the Historian Inn and J.T. Basque Bar & Dining Room.

A witness, who was following Castillo-Quitero’s car, said she saw Keller enter the crosswalk and Castillo-Quitero hit him.

She testified that it was dark when the collision occurred and that Keller was dressed in black.

Castillo-Quitero was fined $640 and ordered to complete traffic school by Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins.

Keller’s was the second highway death on Sept. 26.

Gardnerville resident Nathaniel Partlow was killed that morning after he drove off Highway 88 and rolled his vehicle.