June 16, 2010 in City

Driver acquitted in death of pedestrian

The Spokesman-Review

A jury found 37-year-old William L. Hagy not guilty on the charge of vehicular homicide Tuesday after a weeklong trial.

“I’m very happy and relieved for Mr. Hagy,” defense attorney Bevan Maxey said. “It’s been a horrible experience, first the discovery of this gentleman under his vehicle … and then having to stand trial.”

Hagy told police that he didn’t see 51-year-old Robert Kenyon, who was struck Nov. 20, 2007, at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Rosamond Street. Witnesses testified that Kenyon had a history of falling based on his medical condition.

Hagy was not under the influence, remained at the scene and answered all of the questions posed by Spokane police. Yet, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office charged him with vehicular homicide.

Deputy Prosecutor Mary Ann Brady told the jury that Hagy was driving in disregard for the safety of others.

Thomas Clouse

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