UTA driver pleads not guilty in fatal accident

Mar 21 2013 - 7:57pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah Transit Authority bus driver has pleaded not guilty to charges she's facing in connection with an accident that killed a prominent Salt Lake City businessman last year.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Cheryl Kidd appeared before a judge Thursday.

She is charged in Salt Lake Justice Court with negligent operation causing personal injury and 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 drivers 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.

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