- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - An 80-year-old woman will not face criminal charges for slamming her vehicle into a health club last year and killing a lab executive.

The Contra Costa Times reports Thursday (https://bayareane.ws/1Pol50l ) that a police investigation confirmed the September crash likely stemmed from the driver confusing the brake with the gas pedal.

The police recommended a charge of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter but prosecutors declined to file charges, citing insufficient evidence.

Driver Mineko Deakin still faces a civil lawsuit filed by the husband of 49-year-old Kathy Baker, the chief financial officer of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who died in an exercise class.

Jeff Baker accuses Deakin of recklessness and negligence in a 22-page complaint filed this month in Alameda County Superior Court.

Deakin declined comment on the lawsuit to the Contra Costa Times.


Information from: Contra Costa Times, https://www.contracostatimes.com



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