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No Criminal Charges To Be Filed in 13-Year-Old's Death

The district attorney's announced Thursday that there is insufficient evidence to support proof beyond a reasonable doubt that she was killed in a criminally negligent manner.

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 10:44 AM
Updated: Feb 15, 2018 2:22 PM

NEAR WIMER, Ore. -- After a thorough investigation, the Jackson County District Attorney's Office says it will not file any criminal charges in the death of 13-year-old Meadow Boyd.
The district attorney's announced Thursday that there is insufficient evidence to support proof beyond a reasonable doubt that she was killed in a criminally negligent manner.

Boyd was killed at about 7:30 a.m. on October 30, 2017. It was later determined that she'd been struck by a passing motorist. Other drivers saw Boyd on the ground and applied emergency  medical aid until emergency crews arrived.

The district attorney's office says Boyd's father waited with her for the school bus that morning. When he saw the bus coming, he left for work. The bus was traveling southbound, toward Rogue River. The district attorney's office say says Boyd leaned out into the road to signal the bus to stop.

The vehicle that hit her was traveling northbound, and it was dark and foggy the morning of the collision. It was also garbage collection day, so garbage cans lined the street. Boyd was slightly taller than the cans.

Police say the driver of that vehicle came to the Jackson County Sheriff's office in tears. He said he'd heard the news about Boyd's death, and thought he may have struck her. He was pulling a camper, which had a jack stand on each corner. They hung down and protruded about six to 12 inches from the side of the truck. This is what investigators believe hit Boyd. The driver said at the time, he thought he hit a garbage can. He said the fog in addition to line of cars coming toward him was blinding.

Detectives found fibers from Meadow's clothing on the front passenger side jack stand on the camper. Investigators say the driver was not intoxicated, and he was not using his phone around the time of the crash. They also said speed was not a factor in Boyd's death.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Medford Police, Ashland Police, Central Point Police, and the Oregon State police all contributed to this investigation.

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