No charges in crash that killed 7-year-old

Oct 12, 2016

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office won’t recommend charges against a Mukilteo man whose car struck and killed a 7-year-old girl earlier this year.

The Collision Investigation Unit has completed its investigation of the May 7 collision south of Everett and concluded that the driver was not at fault.

Maimuna Bayo, a first grader at Olivia Park Elementary, was riding her scooter in the street near an apartment complex in the 11000 block of Meridian Drive Southeast when she was struck by the 23-year-old driver.

Detectives found that the primary cause of the collision was inattention on the part of the child, who was riding her scooter in the street and into the path of the approaching vehicle.

“She failed to exercise caution while riding her scooter in the roadway,” the detectives wrote in a report. “A young child, she was likely unaware of the basic rules of the road as they relate to pedestrians and the right-of-way.”

Although they aren’t recommending charges against the driver, the detectives also noted that there was some inattention on his part.

“He was aware children were riding bicycles in the neighborhood,” they wrote.

Detectives concluded that the driver was not at fault because Maimuna rode her scooter into the path of the vehicle, leaving little time for him to react and stop the vehicle.

She was not riding her scooter in a crosswalk. She was not wearing a helmet.

“It would not be reasonable to assume the driver should have reacted prior to recognizing the pedestrian in the road,” the detectives wrote.

The crash was reported around 5:50 p.m. on May 7 when a witness called 911. The driver stayed at the scene and was cooperative.

Bystanders performed CPR on Maimuna before paramedics arrived. She died soon after.

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