Woman will not face criminal charges following accident that killed an Annapolis track coach
4:59 PM, Nov 22, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A Calvert County woman will not face criminal charges in connection with an August accident in which she struck and killed an Annapolis bicyclist, according to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office.
While an Anne Arundel County grand jury on Friday declined to indict any criminal charges, Whitney Decesaris, 37, will be charged with negligent driving and related traffic offenses, the state's attorney's office continued.
The traffic offenses stem from an incident on Aug. 21, when Patricia Cunningham, 50, was struck and killed as she rode her bicycle on Riva Road in Davidsonville. Both women were traveling south on Riva Road at the time. Cunningham, a popular assistant track and cross country coach at Annapolis High School, was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she later died.
According to the state's attorney's office, the grand jury determined that there was no probable cause to charge the driver with criminally negligent manslaughter. As a result, the Anne Arundel County police will issue negligent driving and related traffic offenses to the driver by citation. Each carries a $500 maximum fine.
State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said in a statement that the accident which resulted in the loss of Cunningham's life was tragic for her friends, family and the community.