No charges in John Alderson's death

Updated: November 16, 2010, 12:06 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The driver who struck and killed the father of New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will not face any criminal charges, St. Petersburg Police spokesman Michael Puetz said Tuesday.

John L. Alderson, 87, was struck by a Jeep at 11:54 p.m. ET Saturday while crossing the 3600 block of 4th St. North in St. Petersburg. He was pronounced dead at Bayfront Medical Center less than an hour later.

Puetz said police found no evidence of any impairment with the 21-year-old driver, Jeffrey W. Lachance of St. Petersburg, who told the investigating officer that he did not see Alderson crossing the street midblock. The police spokesman added that the most severe penalty Lachance could face is a civil driving citation.

Sandy Alderson is splitting his days this week between the GM meetings in Orlando and spending time with his grieving family in St. Petersburg. He pledged that the Mets' business would not be interrupted by the family tragedy.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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