La Jolla Sidewalk, Bakery Crash Case Advances

Ronald Troyer, 66, Faces A Maximum Of 12 Years In Prison If Convicted

Jury selection will begin Wednesday for the trial of a man accused of crashing his car onto a La Jolla sidewalk and into a bakery, injuring three teens and two adults.

Ronald Troyer, 66, is charged with felony reckless driving and hit-and-run, and three misdemeanor counts of driving on a suspended license. He faces a maximum of 12 years in prison if convicted, Deputy District Attorney David Uyar said.

Jury selection was supposed to begin Tuesday, but attorneys needed more time to prepare and Judge William Kronberger Jr. delayed the process of picking a jury until Wednesday.

Uyar previously told a judge that Troyer was convicted twice in 2005 for driving under the influence. He also has convictions in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for driving with a suspended license, according to DMV records.

Troyer's blood was drawn at the hospital following the crash and tested positive for the active ingredients in marijuana, according to earlier court testimony.

A man who was riding with Troyer testified at an earlier hearing that the defendant hit a curb in a roundabout just before the 7 p.m. accident, sped up in anger and "floored it" while taking his hands off the steering wheel, thrusting the car onto the sidewalk in the 5500 block of La Jolla Boulevard and into the Cass Street Cafe & Bakery.

One teenage girl was pinned under Troyer's car for a time and two teenage boys suffered broken bones, Uyar said. A man and his wife sitting at a window-side table at the bakery also were injured.

Troyer allegedly tried to walk away and avoid responsibility after the crash, telling witnesses "someone stole my car."

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