- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.