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Decision due by Monday on charges in crosswalk death

Jun 11, 2015 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun says he will decide by Monday how to proceed in the death of Sophia Archer, 7, of Riverton.

The girl died May 22 after being struck by a pickup truck in the 100 block of East Sunset Drive. The Ashgrove Elementary School student was crossing the street at the time; officials said she was in a marked cross walk.

A 77-year-old Riverton woman was driving the truck involved. No charges had been filed against her as of Thursday.

Investigation complete

The Riverton Police Department completed its investigation into the incident Wednesday, when RPD officials met with LeBrun to discuss the case. A press release from the RPD indicates the agency made a recommendation regarding the filing of formal charges against the driver involved.

"Under Wyoming law, the actual filing of criminal charges is the sole responsibility of the elected county attorney," RPD chief Mike Broadhead said in the press release.

RPD Capt. Eric Murphy said officials spoke with Archer's family on Tuesday in order to inform the recommendation.

"They won't dictate what we do --the investigation will do that," Murphy said Monday. "But there has to be some human factor in that too. So we'll sit down with them and get their feelings on it. That has to have at least some bearing on the case."

Broadhead thanked the community for its patience in the aftermath of the tragedy.

"The RPD has worked diligently to ensure a fair and complete investigation," Broadhead said. "We will continue to work on aspects of the case as directed by the needs of the county attorney's office."

LeBrun did not wish to discuss the details of the case or any potential charges Thursday.

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