Marin man charged for Jensie Gran Fondo Hit-and-Run
A Novato man accused of intentionally striking cyclists with his pickup truck at the Jensie Gran Fondo, could face up to five years in prison
Aaron Michael Paff, 21, is scheduled to be charged at Marin Superior Court. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted of all the charges.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition, organization were “very disappointed that Paff is only facing hit-and-run charges. We believe Paff’s on-road behavior earlier that day points to intent,” said Jim Elias, the group’s executive director. “Hit-and-run charges suggest his only error was not stopping after plowing his truck into four people.”
The hit-and-run case Aaron Michael Paff has pending. In May, he was charged with leaving the scene after damaging property with his pickup truck at the Square Shopping Center on Novato Boulevard.
Novato police also found an open container of alcohol in the truck. He has pleaded not guilty , which is a misdemeanor filing.
The incident in West Marin happened on Oct. 7 on the Jensie Gran Fondo at Point Reyes-Petaluma Road just west of Hicks Valley Road.
The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin is a ride that ironically benefits the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.
Four bicyclists were struck from behind by Aaron Michael Paff's blue Dodge Ram pickup truck. Witnesses said the truck intentionally swerved to the right to swipe the cyclists.
One cyclist, 48-year-old Spencer Fast of Mill Valley, suffered major injuries and was taken by helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
Three people with less severe injuries were taken by ambulance to Marin General Hospital. They were Robert Grier, 53, of Danville; Oliver Colvin, 55, of Larkspur; and Joseph Olla, 49, of Danville.
A passing motorcyclist captured the collision on a helmet camera provided the footage to police.
After a social media campaign to identify the driver, police arrested Paff at his home that night and took away his damaged truck in as evidence.
Paff was released from jail pending further review from the Marin County District Attorney’s Office. The prosecution filed charges on Tuesday this week.
Over 1,300 Riders Took Part and raised over $7,000 for MCBC
Despite the Hit-and-Run, over 1,300 cyclist enjoyed a great day's cycling with the ever affable Jen Voigt, again raising over $7,000 for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.
Cyclists enjoyed one of three routes that took in parts of the famous Highway 1 coastal road. The distances were a 40 mile The Breakaway, a 70 mile The Presidential and a 100 mile Shut Up Legs, with gourmet food and rest stops along the way.
The third annual Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin started and finished at Stafford Lake Park in Novato, CA last Saturday, October 7th.