The Washington County prosecuting attorney has decided not to file felony charges against a 17-year-old driver who struck and killed a student in a distracted driving accident in February, he said.

Prosecutors decided they could not file the charges considered for the female minor in adult court based on her age and her intent, said Matt Durrett, Washington County prosecuting attorney.

Andrea Torres, an 18-year-old freshman architectural student, died two days after she was hit Feb. 2, according to a press release from Washington Regional Medical Center.

UA Police Department officers charged the driver with using her cell phone at the time of the incident.


Grant Lancaster was the Digital Managing Editor of the Arkansas Traveler in the fall semester of 2019. Grant began work at the Traveler as a reporter in 2017 and went on to work as a senior staff reporter and news editor from 2018-2019.

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