Hedge Fund Founder’s Son James Welch Charged With Vehicular Homicide at Yellowstone Club Posted Bail

//Hedge Fund Founder’s Son James Welch Charged With Vehicular Homicide at Yellowstone Club Posted Bail

Hedge Fund Founder’s Son James Welch Charged With Vehicular Homicide at Yellowstone Club Posted Bail

James Sinclair Welch, 19, son of hedge fund Welch Capital Partners LLC founder Leighton Welch of Bronxville, was arrested about 11:50 p.m. on Aug. 2 by the Montana Highway Patrol, according to state court documents. The victim, Parker Regan, 19, of Mendham, New Jersey, was a son of R. Christopher Regan, co-founder of the Chartis Group, a health-care consultancy.

A New York teenager out for a late- night drive in an all-terrain vehicle was charged with negligent vehicular homicide under the influence of alcohol after a crash that killed his passenger and prep-school roommate at the luxury Yellowstone Club resort in Montana.

The accident occurred at the Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf resort near Big Sky, Montana. Members include Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, Tour de France cycling champion Greg LeMond and Cliff Asness, co-founder of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut.
James Welch was driving a 2012 Polaris Ranger Crew, a four-wheel- drive vehicle, and told police he was making a left turn on Andesite Ridge Road when Regan “fell out,” according to an affidavit by Trooper Joshua Brown and a citation he issued. On April 17, Welch was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in a separate incident, according to the affidavit. It didn’t say where that conviction occurred.
$50,000 Bail
James Welch was held in jail until about 5 p.m. yesterday, when he appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court in Bozeman, Montana, posted $50,000 bail, and was released, according to Officer Wylie Herrera at the Gallatin County Detention Center. Welch’s attorney, William Bartlett of Angel, Coil & Bartlett in Bozeman, didn’t return telephone calls seeking comment. Leighton Welch, reached in Montana, declined to comment.
Christopher Regan said his son and James Welch were roommates at Suffield Academy, a boarding school in Suffield, Connecticut. He said his son was vacationing with the Welch family in Montana.
Welch Capital, with offices on Park Avenue in New York, had $350 million in assets at the end of December, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families involved, and the club is cooperating fully with local authorities,” said Greg Hitt, a spokesman for the Yellowstone Club.

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2012-08-05T15:35:22+00:00

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