Driver Won't Be Charged In Fatal Accident


The Gila County Attorney's office has decided not to charge an 84-year-old woman involved in a fatal accident earlier this year.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said her office was waiting for blood results before deciding whether to prosecute Rosalind Jeannette on charges relating to the March 2 vehicle vs. motorcycle accident.

Flores said test results showed no alcohol or drugs in Jeannette's system.

Jeannette allegedly pulled into traffic in front of a motorcycle driven by Larry Peterson. Peterson, according to the Payson Police Department, died at the scene after attempting to lay his motorcycle down to avoid the collision.

A passenger on the motorcycle, his wife Teri Peterson, was airlifted to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn.

Flores said her office sent a notification letter to Teri Peterson Aug. 9, but the letter was unclaimed. The Gila County Attorney's Office wanted first to try to contact Peterson on its findings and decision.

"It was a tragic accident," Flores said. "It was just an accident."

Whether Jeannette's driver's license can be suspended, Flores said, is the call of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and added her office as well as the Payson Police Department can make a recommendation, but likely will not ask for her license to be revoked.

"We can do a letter of concern," she said. "There is no determination that age was a factor."

Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Cydney DeModica previously said she could not divulge whether Jeannette's license had been suspended or revoked, due to privacy laws.

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