A driver accused of plowing a stolen vehicle into a pedestrian who was headed to a church Christmas event in South San Francisco on Dec. 19 pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this week.
Michael John Weiler, 27, who lives in his girlfriend’s South City home, had reportedly been driving a stolen truck when he struck and injured a man who had just gotten out of his car near All Souls Catholic Church on Walnut Avenue.
Weiler sped off instead of stopping, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said, but surveillance video in the area captured the truck.
“An alert SSFPD officer recognized the truck from a photo and the officer found the truck parked in front of the girlfriend’s home,” Wagstaffe said.
Weiler denied any connection to the truck, but a witness reportedly identified him as the driver. Also, Weiler’s employer told cops he had seen Weiler driving the vehicle multiple times and had even filled it with gas for him.
Already facing charges from an October meth arrest, Weiler got into more hot water when police searched his girlfriend’s home and allegedly found ammunition and stolen property from a burglary that had been committed recently in Millbrae.
Weiler remains in custody on $150,000 bail.