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FAYETTEVILLE -- No felony charges will be filed against the 17-year-old driver of a vehicle that struck a University of Arkansas, Fayetteville student in a campus crosswalk, Washington County prosecutor Matt Durrett confirmed.

Andrea Torres, an 18-year-old architecture student from Clarksville, died two days after the Feb. 2 accident.

University police at the scene of the accident cited the Little Rock driver for using a cellphone and for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Prosecutors then were forwarded the case to consider any additional charges.

"The driver is under the age of 18," Durrett said in an email. "Since no charge that was contemplated could have been filed in adult court, our option in filing any potential charge would have been in juvenile court. As a result, the juvenile code, and it's confidentiality requirement, apply here."

He declined to comment further about any possible charges filed, citing the law as it applies to confidentiality in juvenile cases.

The law in Arkansas states that for juveniles at least 16 years old, a prosecuting attorney "may charge a juvenile in either the juvenile or criminal division of circuit court" when "he or she engages in conduct that, if committed by an adult, would be any felony."

Durrett confirmed that it would be accurate to say the driver was not charged with conduct that, as the law states, if committed by an adult would be a felony.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Print Headline: Prosecutor: No felony charges for teen who fatally struck UA student in campus crosswalk


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  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    March 14, 2019 at 12:52 p.m.

    watch the uptick in this crime when its realied we dont prosecute.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    March 14, 2019 at 12:53 p.m.

    must be easy to be a college "Student"

  • PopMom
    March 14, 2019 at 3:41 p.m.


    The college student was killed. It was a high school student driving a BMW and talking on the phone who killed her. The high school student should have had a negotiated plea which required her to perform many hours of community service talking to high schools about the dangers of driving and talking on the phone or texting. As she was driving a BMW....

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    March 14, 2019 at 4:13 p.m.

    ah. my mistake and thank you for the correction.
    the hitting of and by the especially youthful and especially impaired and somewhat elderly happens a great deal around here.

  • Tigermule
    March 14, 2019 at 5:52 p.m.

    The type of vehicle driven in this tragedy is not relevant. Do I detect envy?

  • NoUserName
    March 14, 2019 at 6:07 p.m.

    I doubt it. More like a suggestion of special treatment due to affluence.

  • Foghorn
    March 14, 2019 at 10:07 p.m.

    Tragic and unjust for the victim and her family that the little bltch who killed her will go free to text, drive and kill again another day.

  • Jfish
    March 15, 2019 at 1:24 a.m.

    I doubt that she is being given special treatment because of the BMW. If you look at past cases in Arkansas, I am pretty sure that you would find out that there is little or no protection for pedestrians or cyclists who are on a roadway, street, etc., even though the drivers are totally at fault.