Elden and Wolfgem were struck on the night of July 16, 2012 by a hit and run driver, while walking Wolfgem's four Australian Cattle Dogs. He was able to push his girlfriend out of the way of the collision.
Elden suffered a severe amputation of the leg upon impact, a pelvis that was split in two, as well as numerous internal injuries. It was from complications of these injuries that Elden succumbed to two weeks later.
Paul William Walden, the man who hit Elden and Wolfgem, was caught three days after the incident, driving under the influence in the same car. On January 10, 2013, Walden pleaded Not Guilty to the murder charge for Elden and the enhancement charge of Great Bodily Injury for Wolfgem.
In 2014, Walden was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years to life.
- Carmichael hit and run pedestrians ID'd, car described - Ward Koppel, News10 (18 July 2012)
- "Walden gets 25-to-life. ‘I can’t grasp the depth of your selfishness,’ judge tells him", article in The Sacramento Bee dated June 13, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
- Man hurt in Carmichael hit, run dies at hospital - Maneeza Iqbal, News10 (29 July 2012)
- Not guilty plea in DUI hit and run that killed man, four dogs - the Sacramento Bee. Dated January 10, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2013
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