No Felony Charges Filed In Mullan Crash - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

No Felony Charges Filed In Mullan Crash

Posted: Updated:

Missoula County Attorneys are not filing felony charges against the driver who hit, and killed Hellgate High School senior, Chance Geery.

Gabrielle Rosier was walking with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Chance Geery, when he was hit a killed by a car on April 1.

"It's frustrating, but I just don't think there's anything anyone can do, since there's no laws set up for accidents like this," Rosier said.

Rosier said there needs to be a change in Montana law, after County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg held a press conference on Thursday to announce no felony charges would be filed in the case.

"There is no reasonable evidence to charge a felony offense in the case," Van Valkenburg said.

The driver is 38-year-old Yoon Hee Cho, an assistant professor at the University of Montana. An investigation by police shows she was not speeding, nor driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said she says she may have been trying to roll down her window, or thinking about family at the time of the accident.

"She was extremely remorseful, very sorry for event," Van Valkenburg said.

Van Valkenburg said the only felony charge they could file against Cho would be negligent homicide, which they do not see fit for this case.

"Usually it's a case of somebody being under influence of alcohol or drugs, or that there's excessive speed involved, or their driving car in unsafe condition, but this is not case," Van Valkenburg said.

Rosier is not allowed to have contact with Cho with the case in session. She said she understands the county attorney's decision.

"It's not their fault. Montanans make the laws," Rosier said. "What it comes down to is we need to bring this forth, and say this is what we want changed."

She said her goal is to keep Chance's name alive by taking some ideas to the legislature to fix the loop holes in the states driving laws. She also is working to get the speed limit on Mullan road changed.

"It's sad that there's not a lot we can do, but for future cases we want things to be easier."

Van Valkenburg said he thinks Cho should be charged with a misdemeanor offense of Careless Driving Resulting In Death. It is now up for city government to decide.

Cho's attorney said Cho can't explain the remorse she is going through, because of the pain she brought on Geery's loved ones.

Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.