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Driver pleads guilty in crossing guard death

Driver pleads guilty in crossing guard death

Posted - Mar. 26, 2010 at 9:08 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A judge has agreed to dismiss a negligent homicide charge against a Taylorsville man 18 months after the man pleaded guilty in the death of a school crossing guard he struck during a snowstorm in December 2008.

Third District Court Judge Royal Hansen sentenced 52-year-old Paul Riddle to community service after his plea Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge in the death of 77-year-old Jim Smith.

Charges of failure to yield to a pedestrian in a school zone and speeding in a school zone were dropped.

Smith died about two weeks after he was struck Dec. 16, 2008, in a crosswalk outside Bennion Junior High School.

Police say Smith's family initially didn't want to pursue charges, and that icy conditions made it difficult to determine the truck's speed.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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