2017-03-29 / State/Regional

Officer won't be charged in fatal police cruiser crash


LIVERMORE FALLS (AP) — Prosecutors in Maine will not seek charges against a police officer who was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian last year.

District Attorney Andrew Robinson says the office has determined there is no basis to bring charges against Livermore Falls Officer Troy Reed in the crash that killed 23-year-old Joseph Slaver Jr., of Livermore Falls.

Authorities say a police cruiser driven by Reed hit Slaver when he ran into the road on Oct. 28. Slaver later died.

Lewiston police officer Jeremy Somma, a state-certified accident reconstructionist, says Slaver had a blood-alcohol concentration of .094 percent. He says alcohol could have had an effect on Slaver's decision-making.

Somma says the primary factor in the crash is that Slaver tried to run across the street.

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