- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Seven months after a crash that killed a bicyclist and a motorcyclist, Ventura County prosecutors have charged a 26-year-old woman with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

In recommending the case to the District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol said Rachael Hill was distracted by a portable electronic device while driving at the time of accident last September.

The Ventura County Star reports (https://bit.ly/1rWglbh) the Camarillo resident was charged Tuesday.

The CHP says Hill’s car swerved and hit 53-year-old Maciek Malish as he was riding his bike on the shoulder. Hill then turned sharply, hitting 43-year-old Jesse Cushman, who was on a motorcycle. Both men died at the scene.

The victims’ families tell the newspaper they are disappointed Hill wasn’t charged with felonies.

Hill could not be reached for comment.

She is scheduled to appear in court June 16.


Information from: Ventura County Star, https://venturacountystar.com

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