CHP says ped fatal driver was distracted

Written by Christina O'Haver, The Union Democrat January 30, 2013 10:32 am

A Jamestown woman could face criminal charges in the death of Amy Wayne, a Sonora woman killed in October after being struck by a vehicle while on her morning jog.

California Highway Patrol recommended the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office charge the driver, Tashina Hatler, 22, with manslaughter upon completing its investigation, Officer Ken Bruce said.

 

The case was pending with the screening attorney on Tuesday, meaning the District Attorney’s Office has not decided whether to prosecute. 

The CHP formally completed its investigation on Jan. 2.

Wayne was struck and killed about 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 while she was jogging south on Jamestown Road, according to a CHP report.

The investigation concluded Hatler, driving a 1999 Toyota, was distracted when she struck the 27-year-old pedestrian. Bruce said Hatler had leaned over to adjust her car stereo.

Because Hatler didn’t see Wayne until after adjusting her stereo and didn’t stop in time, her speed was “unsafe for conditions,” Bruce said.

Hatler’s car was traveling about 40 mph when she hit Wayne, the report said.

A neighbor performed CPR but was unable to revive Wayne, who died of “blunt-force trauma,” according to the CHP. 

She left behind a husband and young daughter. 

Her death resonated not only with the Mother Lode community, but runners around the country.

At least three fundraisers have been held since the accident, generating about $14,000 for Wayne’s family.

Meanwhile, a Jamestown man who was hit by a car the following day, Oct. 27, was not under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs when he wandered into the roadway on Highway 49, a toxicology report showed, Bruce said.

Andrew Carrier, 23, was walking in the northbound lane near Main Street about 6:30 p.m. when he was struck by a 1999 Chevy Malibu.

The vehicle was also traveling northbound about 40 to 45 mph, the CHP report said.

Bruce said it’s unclear why Carrier wandered into the roadway but that he had a history of doing so.

The CHP will not file a report with the District Attorney’s Office against the driver, Brandon Freemyer, 41, of Jamestown. 

Neither Freemyer nor his passenger, Nicole Freemyer, were injured, CHP said.