Gates snr spared hit-and-run charges

2010-11-09 14:11

Seattle - The Seattle City Attorney's Office has decided not to press charges against Microsoft founder Bill Gates's father after the community leader apologised for a hit-and-run collision and paid for damages.

According to documents obtained by KIRO-TV, the incident happened in August.

Investigators say they found Bill Gates snr's Mercedes-Benz wedged against another car with the engine running and the keys in the ignition.

The police report says the owner of the other car called police and Gates's vehicle was towed. When he and a friend returned, the 84-year-old Gates was given a citation for a hit-and-run incident. No one was injured in the incident.

Gates's friend said at the time that Gates may have had a "senior moment" and didn't know he was so close to the other vehicle.

A Gates family spokesperson told KIRO-TV this week that Bill Gates snr was unaware of the incident until he returned to his car.