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No homicide charges in fatal PA pedestrian crash

May 13th, 2014 - 5:28am

(Port Angeles) Prosecutors won't file vehicular homicide charges against a woman who hit another woman crossing a busy Port Angeles street last fall.

Prosecutor Will Payne says, after reviewing the report and witness accounts of the incident last October, they will not proceed with the increased charges against Marlene Brand.

Brand's car hit 49-year-old Bonita Bickford of Port Angeles as Bickford tried to cross First Street east of Golf Course Road. Bickford, who was using a walker, was outside a crosswalk.

Investigators say Brand had a blood alcohol level of .092, above the legal limit.

The prosecutor's office stated Brand's driving was unremarkable though and it appeared the cause of the collision was Bickford's decision to cross five lanes of traffic outside a crosswalk on a dark rainy night.

Payne says Brand will be referred to the city prosecutor for possible DUI charges.


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