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Charges reduced in pedestrian fatal in Missoula

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Prosecutors have reduced the charges against a Missoula woman who struck and killed a man as he crossed the street last year.

Emily Levens was initially charged with felony vehicular homicide while under the influence in the Feb. 24, 2017 death of Benno Big Back Jr.

But Missoula County prosecutors changed the charge to misdemeanor DUI last week after a collision construction report commissioned by her defense determined Big Back was crossing the road in the middle of the block at night while wearing black clothing when he was hit.

Prosecutor Jason Marks said he reviewed the report and got a second opinion from a Montana Highway Patrol crash investigator.

Levens also is charged with a felony for leaving the scene of the crash.

The Missoulian reports Levens has a change-of-plea hearing set for Feb. 21.

Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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