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No Charges Recommended for Driver in Fatal Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 5, 2016 

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

EVERETT, Wash. - The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Collision Investigation Unit has completed their investigation into the fatal vehicle collision last May involving a 7 year-old Everett girl. The girl had been riding her scooter outside an apartment complex at the 10 block of 111th St SE when she was struck by a vehicle driven by a 23 year-old Mukilteo man.  Based on the results of the investigation, the case has been closed and no charges are being recommended for the driver.

Detectives concluded the incident was the result of several factors, none of which were criminal in nature.  They stated in the case narrative that the primary cause of the collision “appears to be inattention on the part of the pedestrian.  This is based on the failure to exercise caution while riding her scooter in the roadway and riding into the path of the approaching vehicle. The pedestrian was a young child that was likely unaware of the basic rules of the road as they relate to pedestrians and right of way.”

Detectives also noted that “there was also some amount of inattention, not amounting to negligence, on the part of the driver. This is based on the fact that he was aware children were riding bicycles in the neighborhood as he had observed them riding on the opposite side of the neighborhood prior to driving.  The fact that the pedestrian entered the roadway and stopped in the path of the vehicle outside of the unmarked crosswalk left little time for the driver to react to the pedestrian.  It would not be reasonable to assume the driver should have reacted prior to recognizing the pedestrian in the road.”

The incident was reported around 5:50 p.m. on May 7 when a witness called 911. The victim was not wearing a helmet.