Woman charged with homicide after SUV kills pedestrian
Police warnng at an accident scene with a badly damaged car
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee-area woman whose SUV struck and killed a pedestrian last autumn has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
Prosecutors said Monday that 31-year-old Josephine E. Sardina was reading a text message around the moment of the collision. They also say she had marijuana's active ingredient in her system.
The victim was identified as David Budge. A witness told investigators Budge tried to jump out of the way before he was struck last October. The medical examiner's office says Budge died of blunt-force trauma consistent with trying to evade a vehicle.
The criminal complaint says Sardina heard a thud and saw Budge on the ground. She ran to check on him and then called 911.
She also acknowledged smoking marijuana and said she has back problems.