A woman who was hit by a car two weeks ago has died. Now, the teen driver involved could face serious charges for the accident.
The crash occurred February 26th at Warm Springs Road and spencer Street.
“We’re going to keep our fingers crossed and hope this pedestrian survives, because the consequences are much more grave and much more severe if somebody dies in this situation,” Metro Police Sgt. Richard Strader said at the time of the crash. “There are some ramifications.”
Thursday, nearly two weeks later, the 49-year-old pedestrian identified as Linda McCoy has passed away.
Now, the 16-year-old driver who investigators say didn’t appear to be speeding or under the influence could be charged.
According to Metro Police, he may have failed to yield in his 2015 Chevy – a traffic violation in and of itself.
A decision will also be made whether to charge him with vehicular manslaughter.
“I think that they may be trying to send a message, but I don’t think it’s going to stick at this point,” attorney Michael Miceli said.
The law defines vehicular manslaughter as an offense that “causes the death of another person through an act or omissions that constitutes simple negligence.”
Miceli, who is not representing anyone in this case, argues an accident is an accident.
“Unfortunately, someone lost their life, and now this kid’s life is going to be ruined forever, because he’s going to have to live with what happened in this case,” he said. “He’s going to have to live with the consequences of his actions, but it just doesn’t seem like there was any intent to hurt anybody.”
Vehicular manslaughter could be treated as a misdemeanor, which could carry a six-month sentence.
The District Attorney’s Office is still considering charges.
The case, so far, has not moved forward. Since the driver is 16, he would likely go to juvenile court.