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Teacher won't be charged in death of girl, 6

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 the East Palo Alto girl, Sioreli Torres, shortly after 8 a.m.

Sioreli, 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.

Mr. Wagstaffe called the incident a "tragic case," but said the evidence did not suggest that Ms. White-Parker had committed vehicular manslaughter or broken any other laws.

Sioreli's family has been informed of the district attorney's decision, Mr. Wagstaffe said.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

sad situation, my heart goes out to the family


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