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Teacher Won’t Face Charges In Deadly East Palo Alto Crash

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An East Palo Alto memorial for accident victim Sioreli Torres (KCBS)

An East Palo Alto memorial for accident victim Sioreli Torres (KCBS)

EAST PALO ALTO (KCBS) – 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 today.

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.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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