Pacific Grove man sentenced in vehicular manslaughter case

Bay City News Service

SALINAS — A 25-year-old Pacific Grove man was sentenced last week to seven years in prison in connection with a December 2018 collision that killed another motorist.

Stewart Maxwell Napier was convicted of one count of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the Dec. 5, 2018 collision in which Napier rear-ended a vehicle driven by Gregory Anthony Acona.

The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 1 in Monterey County. Napier told police he looked down for a lighter and when he looked back up, he saw the victim’s brake lights and collided with Acona’s car, causing the victim’s car to swerve off the road and burst into flames. Acona died at the scene.

California Highway Patrol officers concluded Napier was under the influence of methamphetamine and heroin, to which Napier later admitted.