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:: Thursday, November 17, 2005 ::

Coroner's Jury Rules Sarah Channick's Death "Accidental"

Exerpted from today's News-Gazette article:
Late this morning, a coroner's jury ruled Ms. Channick's death accidental. Coroner Duane Northrup said another MTD employee told him that Young "was fairly new." Champaign police Detective Mark Huckstep testified that it was the MTD bus video that helped police determine that Young was at fault.
"The MTD bus video showed the pedestrian coming off the curb into the crosswalk," Huckstep said.
Huckstep said witnesses on the bus told police that Young had opened the bus door and looked both ways before turning.
Huckstep said Young had just started her turn to the south when the bus struck Ms. Channick. "It is not known to us what obstructed the driver's vision," Huckstep said. "The bus driver said she did not see her till she was right there."
Northrup said Ms. Channick was speaking on her cellphone to her mother when she was hit.
Neither Ms. Channick nor Young had any evidence of drugs or alcohol in their systems.
I'm not sure what effect the coroner's finding will have on the lawsuit filed on behalf of Channick's parents. I do know that this at least gives us some concrete details about what happened almost two months ago.

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