- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania prosecutor says he won’t bring charges against a police officer involved in an on-duty crash that killed an 87-year-old woman on Thanksgiving.

Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri said Wednesday it wasn’t clear from evidence and witness statements which driver ran a red light and caused the accident.

Daneri tells the Erie Times-News (https://bit.ly/1vJZqUB ) one witness reported seeing Officer John Popovic cruiser go through the stop signal. Two others said it was Dorothy Baginski Lamison’s Chevrolet Cavalier.

The Erie woman was pronounced dead at a hospital about six hours after the crash. An autopsy showed she suffered blunt-force trauma. A coroner ruled the death accidental.

Popovic is a 16-year veteran of the Erie Bureau of Police. He’s been on paid administrative leave since the accident.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com


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