Teacher Who Struck and Killed 6-Year-Old Girl With Car Won't Be Charged

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:29:35 -0800

EAST PALO ALTO (BCN)--An East Palo Alto schoolteacher who accidentally struck and killed  a 6-year-old girl in a crosswalk last year will not be charged with a crime,  the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office announced Monday.
     
Fern White-Parker was on her way to teach at Costano Elementary  School on Sept. 28 when she struck East Palo Alto girl Sioreli Torres shortly  after 8 a.m.
     
Torres, a Green Oaks Academy student, was crossing Bay Road at  Gloria Way on her way to school when she was struck, according to police. Her  mother and two younger sisters were a few feet behind her in the crosswalk.
     
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said his office worked with the  East Palo Alto Police Department to complete a thorough and detailed  investigation of the incident, which included interviews with dozens of  witnesses.
     
Wagstaffe called the incident a "tragic case," but said the  evidence did not suggest that White-Parker had committed vehicular  manslaughter or broken any other laws. 
     
Torres' family has been informed of the district attorney's  decision, Wagstaffe said.
 
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