16-year-old Driver May Be Charged After Hitting Elderly Couple

16-year-old Driver May Be Charged After Hitting Elderly Couple

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A 16-year-old driver who hit two elderly pedestrians on their way to the opera earlier this week may face charges.

Investigators are now seeking evidence that could lead to charges against the teen.

Salt Lake City police detective Robin Snyder says there's no indication that alcohol or excessive speed was a factor. However, she says one of the occupants of the van was cited for having an unopened bottle of alcohol.

Police say the driver, along with six of his friends, were headed to a concert in a minivan. Seventy-year-old LuRae Barlow and her husband, 72-year-old Ronald Barlow, were walking across a crosswalk to attend a show at the Capitol Theater when they were struck by the van.

Snyder says the driver didn't see the couple because he was distracted. The couple was transported to the hospital with several injuries. However, officials say none of the injuries were life-threatening.


Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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