- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to file charges against former U.S. Rep. Bob Smith, of Medford, for a crash that killed a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The Mail Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/OZCK7J ) that prosecutors said Monday there wasn’t enough evidence to prove any wrongdoing in the Feb. 8 death of Jerry Mark Hughes.

Deputy District Attorney Nick Geil says 84-year-old Smith had been making a turn when he struck Hughes, who was running through the crosswalk. Smith told investigators he had a green light.

Prosecutors say it was unclear whether the traffic light’s turn arrow was green when he made the turn and they couldn’t determine who had the right of way.

Smith, a former state legislator and U.S. congressman, retired from Congress in 1994.


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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