Next week, the Missoula City Attorney will file multiple misdemeanor charges against the woman who hit and killed a Missoula pedestrian with her car last month.
The woman's attorney says they're anticipating a misdemeanor "careless driving resulting in a death" charge. That charge could result in jail time and a hefty fine, and the woman says she's ready to accept full responsibility for her actions.
Yoon Hee Cho's attorney, Paul Ryan, said the 38-year-old moved from South Korea to the U.S. in 2010, and has taught at the University of Montana since late last year.
Ryan said Cho has a valid, Montana driver's license and was driving her own Acura sedan when she struck and killed Hellgate High School Senior, Chance Geery.
"She can barely control herself because she's so upset," Ryan said.
Ryan said the careless driving resulting in a death charge carries a maximum of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
"That's a charge that comes with these types of cases, I know it was analyzed very closely by both County Attorney and City Attorney, as well as all the investigators," he said.
City Attorney Jim Nugent said he believes Cho should face charges for her actions.
Ryan said, "It simply is an accident, and it's probably exactly the charge that it should be."
He said Cho has decided to enter a guilty plea during her initial court appearance, which could be as early as next week.
"It's just really difficult because of the nature of the facts in this particular case," Ryan added.
Police investigators said Cho was not speeding, nor driving under the influence.
Geery's girlfriend, Gabby Rosier, was also hit by Cho's vehicle, and is recovering from shoulder injuries.
Ryan said, "It was just simply an inattentive moment, just a really short lapse of, basically, concentration, that caused this tragic accident."
Ryan said Cho has written letters to Geery and Rosier's families, in an attempt to express how sorry she is for their loss.
"Instead of putting Chance's family and Gabrielle through a number of legal maneuvers, etcetera, we're going to accept responsibility for what she did and her actions right away," Ryan said.
Ryan said they're working on setting up a memorial scholarship in Geery's name, so he will always be remembered in the Missoula community.