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.

According to an obituary appearing in the Columbus Dispatch, Keller was touring Western Nevada’s Basque restaurants, and visiting areas involved in the growth of 1960s pop culture.

A witness, who said she was following the white Ford Fusion Castillo-Quitero was driving, said she saw Keller enter the crosswalk.

According to court documents, she testified that it was dark when the collision occurred and that Keller was dressed in black.

She said Castillo-Quitero’s Fusion was speeding up and slowing down and the dome light was going on and off as the vehicle drove through Gardnerville.

She said that after striking Keller, Castillo-Quitero stopped to check on the man. Keller died a few days later.

Castillo-Quitero testified that his girlfriend’s son was turning the car’s interior lights on and off, distracting him. He said that he saw a shadow that turned out to be Keller.

An NHP trooper testified that reconstruction of the incident revealed that Castillo-Quitero was doing the 25 mph speed limit when the collision occurred.

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.