Teen Whose SUV Hit, Killed Local Veteran Won’t Be Charged

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A teenage driver whose SUV veered to the side of a local street and struck and killed a blind veteran won’t be charged, but a grand jury could review the case.

Visually-impaired veteran Randy Sommerfelt died in the accident. (Courtesy photo)

WACO (June 3, 2014) Waco police say they won’t charge an 18-year-old woman who last March ran over and killed a blind Army veteran on a city street.

Waco police say they don't believe the woman committed any criminal offense but the case will be sent to a grand jury for further review, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Detectives carefully reviewed her cell phone records and found she was not using her phone or texting at 8:30 a.m. on March 15 when the Chevrolet Tahoe she was driving ran over Randy Sommerfelt, 60, as he walked along Park Lake Drive, near North 22nd Street, which he did several times a day just for the exercise.

Sommerfelt, a U.S. Army veteran, was blind.

The victim was walking in a bicycle lane when the Tahoe crossed into the lane, jumped a curb and struck Sommerfelt, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Swanton said detectives believe the driver may have fallen asleep.

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