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DA Defends Decision Not to Prosecute in Fatality
03/07/2014 8:10 AM ET  

A prosecutor in Maine is defending his decision not to bring charges against the driver of a car that went out of control and killed a 9-year-old Massachusetts boy last summer.

TENANTS HARBOR, Maine (AP) _ Knox County District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau explained his reasoning at a public meeting Thursday.

Authorities said a car driven by 61-year-old Nancy Torgerson of New York City accelerated suddenly in the Port Clyde village of St. George on Aug. 11, striking several vehicles as well as four people. Dylan Gold of Cohasset, Mass., died.

His mother, brother, and a 68-year-old local man were hurt.

Rushlau told about 50 people there's not enough evidence to prove negligence. Alcohol was not involved and Torgerson wasn't tested for drugs.

Torgerson said her accelerator jammed, but no mechanical problems were found.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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