The prosecutor’s decision published in the March 14 U-B stating no charges would be filed in the pedestrian death leaves some unanswered questions.
How is it possible to see a 7- to 8-inch hand waving supposedly indicating for Mr. Matheny to make his left turn but not see Mr. Rios who was about 5-foot-7 inches tall? The same sun that supposedly blinded Mr. Matheny allowed him to see a hand and not a person.
I have been at that intersection several times at approximately the same time and even in my motorhome you have a clear view of the entire intersection.
If someone traveling west on Poplar Street stops to allow one to make a left turn, the normal thing to wonder is “Why is he stopping?”
Even if it is as Mr. Matheny says, he thought the other driver was waving him on, the wave would be north to south, not south to north as he would be for the pedestrian.
Where could Mr. Matheny have been going in such a hurry on a Sunday morning that he did not see or know he struck a pedestrian and still drag him some 20 to 30 feet? The only reason he stopped was because he was being told by other people in the area.
You can tell when you hit a bird or a four-legged animal, even at night. But to not even know you have struck a human being, something is very wrong. The sun was in my eyes and my truck was too tall are very lame excuses.
I suppose we can thank Det. Knudson for his opinion. It would be interesting to know how much time was spent on the investigation.
Those in the Hispanic community are in shock and disbelief. Some have said, “This makes two.”
As for me I only hope Mr. Nagel and Mrs. Clinton are not on the same page: “At this point. what difference does it make?”
Only Mr. Matheny will really know why it happened. The rest of us know that a father, a brother, an uncle, a grandfather and a friend is gone forever.
No charges. Wow. What happened to vehicular homicide, reckless driving, even careless driving?
Oh, there is a charge. “Slap him on the hand and say, don’t do that again!”
Was justice served? Absolutely not!