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Concrete truck driver won't be charged for hitting, killing woman in Meridian crosswalk

Sandy Hernandez was on the phone with her fiance when she was struck Oct. 16.
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Sandy Hernandez

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Prosecutors will not file any criminal charges against a man who hit and killed a pedestrian with a concrete truck in October. 

Twenty-six-year-old Sandy Jacqueline Hernandez was walking to work, crossing Ustick Road in the crosswalk at Eagle Road when the truck hit her Oct. 16, 2018. Hernandez, who was talking on the phone to her fiance at the time, did not survive. 

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Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said prosecutors reviewed the crash investigation, but ultimately found there were no grounds to charge the 46-year-old truck driver with vehicular manslaughter. 

The man, whose name has not been released, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, was not texting, and was driving under the speed limit when he made a right turn from Eagle Road onto Ustick that evening, investigators determined.

"It was a tragic accident," Basterechea said. 

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Josh Swetlend, Hernandez' fiance, told KTVB after the wreck that the victim loved music and dancing, and was close with her family. The couple was planning a wedding for June, he said. 

"She was my everything," he said. "My rock, my queen. She was everything."

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