Crime / Weekend News

19-year-old charged with retired teacher’s death

By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter

Boyd Lopez, the 19-year-old unlicensed driver that knocked down 70-year-old Marie Knowles on Wednesday, was charged on Friday for causing her death.

Lopez, of a Regent Street address, faces a total of five charges: manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, driving a vehicle not covered by third party insurance and driving without a valid driver’s license.

The Toyota Highlander that Lopez was driving slammed into Knowles as she walked along the sidewalk on Baghdad Street on Wednesday afternoon.

The retired teacher was reportedly flung into the air and landed face first onto the pavement while the Highlander continued on to crash into a parked Mitsubishi Montero on the other side of the street. Knowles suffered a deep gash to her head and was transported by ambulance to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she died the following day from her injuries.

The vehicle Lopez was driving at the time belongs to his boss, who is an Asian businessman. No charges have been filed against the businessman.

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