Roger Hawkins, the driver involved in the deadly pedestrian crash outside Tippin Elementary on the first day of school, will not face criminal charges.
The El Paso District Attorney’s Office released the following statement to KTSM on Monday:
“The El Paso District Attorney’s Office has decided not to pursue criminal charges in the tragic death of Kharisma Ashlee James. After careful review of the facts and circumstances of the unfortunate accident, it is the decision of the office that the accident did not involve criminal intent.”
As KTSM reported, the crash happened on Aug. 13 moments after classes were let out.
Officials say Hawkins, 58, struck and killed Kharisma James, 33, and injured several others who ultimately survived the crash.
A report released by the Texas Department of Transportation revealed that El Paso Police investigators did not conduct drug or alcohol tests on Hawkins.
The report cites him for “failure to control speed” as an investigator’s opinion for contributing to the crash. The speed limit in the school’s parking lot is listed as 5 miles per hour.
Police detained Hawkins at the scene, but he was never charged.
Meanwhile close friend of James, Victoria Bruce, told KTSM absolutely no justice was served in this investigation.
“Knowing that when the justice process has been completed and you feel like justice hasn’t been served, it feels like you’ve been let down,” Bruce shared, “This community and her family were waiting to see that the driver would be held accountable for his actions, and that the investigation would’ve been done thoroughly and it just feels like the people that were doing that obviously have over looked quite a bit of and evidence. It’s really hard to know that we’re in the same situation.”
Bruce also said she’s seen no work to replace the current parking lot pick up system at Tippin Elementary and hopes that will change in the near future. A request for the City’s help, along with the El Paso Police Department, to help manage the pick up system has been made however Bruce has not heard a response yet either.