No Charges Filed in Fatal EPA Crosswalk Crash

Driver has reportedly been on administrative leave since accident.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Monday, Apr 30, 2012  |  Updated 2:16 PM PDT
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No Charges Filed in Fatal EPA Crosswalk Crash

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The San Mateo County District Attorney says he will not charge an East Palo Alto woman for her role in a crash that left a six-year-old dead in a crosswalk.

Sioreli Torrez Zamora was struck and killed on her way to school last September on Bay Road and Gloria Way.

Fern White-Parker, an elementary school music teacher at another school, was also on her way to school when the car she was driving hit the little girl. At the time, it was reported that White-Parker said the sun had blinded her.

San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe called it a tragic case, but not a criminal one.

"We have concluded that the evidence does not establish that Ms. White-Parker has committed the crime of vehicular manslaughter or any other violation of California statutes," Wagstaffe said in a press release.

The area where the accident happened has been the subject of much debate since Sioreli died. In November, the East Palo Alto City Council voted to install a flashing LED sign and pavement markings at the crosswalk. Many residents said that did not go far enough. They wanted a stop sign put along the roadway.

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