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Salem choir teacher won't face charges after hitting boy with vehicle


SALEM, Oregon — A grand jury declined to issue a felony indictment against a Salem choir teacher accused of hitting a child riding a skateboard with her vehicle and then leaving the scene.

The Polk County district attorney reports the felony charge against 52-year-old Kimberly McConnell was dismissed. Prosecutors sought an indictment for failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons.

McConnell teaches choir at West Salem High School.

McConnell's attorney, Walter Todd, tells the Statesman Journal ( ) that the teacher stopped immediately after her vehicle struck an 8-year-old boy. He says the boy's family did not want to call 911. He had a broken leg and was taken to a hospital.

Todd praised the grand jury's decision and says the criminal justice system worked as it's supposed to.

Information from: Statesman Journal,

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