SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah Transit Authority bus driver is facing criminal charges in connection with an accident that killed a prominent Salt Lake City businessman last year.
Cheryl Kidd was charged Wednesday in Salt Lake Justice Court with a misdemeanor count of negligent operation causing personal injury and an infraction of failing to yield the right of way at a crosswalk.
Police say 82-year-old Richard Wirick was in a crosswalk when the traffic signals changed in February 2012. Investigators say other motorists stopped and waited for him to cross the street, but Kidd did not see him and struck him.
Wirick had owned the Oxford Shop shoe store since 1951. He earned the nickname "Mr. Downtown" for his efforts to revitalize the neighborhood.
The 50-year-old Kidd was fired by the transit authority.