Ex-Utah Transit Authority bus driver acquitted of charges stemming from deadly 2012 accident

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SALT LAKE CITY — A former Utah Transit Authority bus driver has been acquitted of charges stemming from a 2012 accident that killed a Salt Lake City business owner.

A Salt Lake City Justice Court jury returned the verdict in favor of Cheryl Anne Kidd on Friday evening.

The 51-year-old mother of three had been charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to yield the right of way at a crosswalk in the February 2012 death of Richard Wirick.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1vAyTxW ) Kidd testified Friday that she spotted the victim too late to stop.

The 82-year-old Wirick owned the Oxford Shop shoe store for six decades and was so well-known that some called him "Mr. Downtown."

Kidd was fired by UTA a month after the accident.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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