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Woman driving vehicle in crosswalk death charged with homicide

Jun 12, 2015 From staff reports

Authorities have determined that 7-year-old Sophia Archer's death was a homicide, and charges have been filed against the driver of the car that killed the child.

The Riverton girl died May 22 after being struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk in the 100 block of East Sunset Drive.

Sandra Pennock, 77, of Riverton, was charged Friday with vehicular homicide in the case.

She was taken into custody Friday afternoon, when she was expected to appear in Riverton Circuit Court.

Police said Pennock has been "more than cooperative" throughout the investigation into the incident: She agreed to several interviews, offered up her cell phone and submitted to blood tests to determine whether she was under the influence at the time of the crash.

Homicide

The Fremont County Coroner listed Archer's death as a homicide in a docket released Friday. The cause of death is blunt-force head and chest trauma.

The first-grade student at Ashgrove Elementary School was walking home from school at the time of the accident. She died at the scene at about 3:15 p.m. May 22. The 7-year-old was stood just under 4 feet tall and weighed about 50 pounds, according to data in the coroner's report.

Her 10-year-old sister, Lillian Archer, was with her at the time of the crash. She has helped designs shirts that are being sold to raise money for the Archer family.

Lillian Archer also performed a solo dance in her sister's memory last week. A balloon release took place before the recital.

In the future, Lillian Archer plans to raise money for other communities looking to make crosswalks safer for children.

School officials said crossing guards are in place immediately surrounding area elementary schools but not throughout town. Other safety measures include flashing lights at intersections and push-button crosswalks.

During the last week of school, area parents volunteered to monitor crosswalks.

Volunteers said they would like to organize a permanent effort to provide crossing guards in Riverton.

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A shrine in 7-year-old Sophia Archer's memory appeared May 23 near the site where she was killed in the 100 block of East Sunset Drive. Photo by Tibby McDowell

A shrine in 7-year-old Sophia Archer's memory appeared May 23 near the site where she was killed in the 100 block of East Sunset Drive. Photo by Tibby McDowell


A shrine in 7-year-old Sophia Archer's memory appeared May 23 near the site where she was killed in the 100 block of East Sunset Drive. Photo by Tibby McDowell

A shrine in 7-year-old Sophia Archer's memory appeared May 23 near the site where she was killed in the 100 block of East Sunset Drive. Photo by Tibby McDowell

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