Grand Jury Declines To Indict Local Teen In Deadly Accident

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

WACO (September 3, 2014) The McLennan County Grand Jury Wednesday declined to indict Monica Salazar-Juarez, 18, who was driving an SUV that struck a visually-impaired veteran who was walking in a bicycle lane in North Waco.

Randy Sommerfelt, 60, was walking in the bike lane along Park Lake Drive on March 15 when the teenager’s Chervolet Tahoe crossed into the lane, jumped a curb and struck him at the intersection of Park Lake and North 22nd Street.

“The Grand Jury is the representative conscious of the community,” McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said in a statement late Wednesday afternoon.

“They were presented with the complete and thorough investigation of this case. We respect and stand by the Grand Jury’s decision. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this tragic incident,” he said.

Detectives carefully reviewed the teenager’s cell phone records and found she was not using her phone or texting at the time of the accident, police said.

Police said then they didn’t believe Salazar-Juarez committed any criminal offense, but said the case would be sent to a grand jury for further review.

Sommerfelt, a U.S. Army veteran, walked in the bike lane several times a day for exercise.