Case of DUI suspect charged with murder of Santa Rosa motorcyclist continued

The case against a suspected DUI driver, accused of a hit-and-run collision that killed a motorcyclist in Santa Rosa, was continued Wednesday to Nov. 16.|

The case against a suspected DUI driver, accused of a hit-and-run collision that killed a motorcyclist in Santa Rosa, was continued Wednesday to Nov. 16.

Charles Bernhardy, 37, of Santa Rosa, is charged with one count each of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury, hit-and-run involving injury or death and hit-and-run involving property damage, according to Sonoma County Superior Court records.

Bernhardy is now scheduled to enter a plea at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 16 in Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa in the death of Santa Rosa resident Vance Stammer, according to Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Brian Staebell.

Stammer was critically injured Sept. 6 and died Sept. 20 at Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa after loved ones removed him from life support the previous night.

You can reach Staff Writer Kathleen Coates at kathleen.coates@pressdemocrat.com or 707-521-5209.

Kathleen Coates

Windsor and Cloverdale, The Press Democrat 

As someone who grew up in a small town, I enjoy covering what's happening in Windsor and Cloverdale, which are growing in their own unique ways.  I delve into issues by getting to know people and finding out what’s going on in the community. I also pay attention to animal welfare and other issues that affect Sonoma County.

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