The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus The Daily Herald on Linked In HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Gov't employee cleared in deadly Zimbabwe crash

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY
Associated Press
Published:
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A U.S. government employee who struck and killed a man while driving in Zimbabwe in 2008 has been cleared of the only charge he faced.
Judge Leonie Brinkema found Andrew Pastirik not guilty Tuesday of vandalism in the more than $1,000 in damage done to the government-owned Toyota Land Cruiser he was driving. The trial began Monday in federal court in Alexandria, Va.
He was not charged with the death of the pedestrian. Pastirik had faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors alleged Pastirik was drunk when he struck 34-year-old Alois Pedzisai Matyoramhinga in Zimbabwe's capital of Harare. But Pastirik's defense attorney argued Pastirik was not intoxicated and that any other driver in the same situation would have had the same collision.

More Nation & World Headlines

NEWSLETTER

HeraldNet Headlines

Top stories and breaking news updates

Calendar