84-Year-Old Could Face Manslaughter Charges In Death Of Motorcyclist


Charges have not been pressed against Rosalind Jeannette, the 84-year-old driver who failed to yield while exiting the Payson Day Spa parking lot onto Highway 260, causing the March 2 collision that killed Payson resident Larry Peterson, 55, and sent Teri Peterson to the hospital.

The Payson Police Department has completed its investigative report of the vehicle vs. motorcycle accident. The report was given to the Gila County Attorney's office in Payson for review on March 22.

Following the attorney's review, a decision will be made on whether to press charges against Jeannette.

Police Commander Don Engler said, "We have to wait and see what their recommendation is on the case."

Jeannette could face a charge of manslaughter, for "recklessly causing the death of another person," Engler said.

In the state of Arizona, manslaughter is punishable with a maximum of five years in prison.

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