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Investigation continues into fatal New Year's pedestrian accident

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Washoe County District Attorney's Office is still waiting for final pieces of the investigation into the fatal New Year's weekend accident that killed an Incline Village couple before it can determine if criminal charges will be filed against the man who allegedly was driving the truck that struck them.According to previous reports, Christopher Torii Smith, 25, from Grass Valley, Calif., was driving a black 2006 Chevrolet pickup southbound (east toward Sand Harbor) on Highway 28 east of the Village Boulevard intersection shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, when he allegedly struck Linda S. Mathis and Robert C. Mathis, who were crossing from the east side.Jennifer P. Noble, a deputy district attorney with Washoe County, said in a Wednesday interview a preliminary hearing had been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday of this week, but was postponed.“We are still waiting on the full report from the Nevada Highway Patrol and a toxicology report from the Washoe County Coroner before we can make a charging determination,” Noble said.If charges are filed, Noble has said a preliminary hearing would likely be scheduled at the James V. Mancuso Justice Court in Incline Village.Witness statements and evidence at the scene indicate the Mathises were in or close to the painted crosswalk located near the Tahoe Regional Transit Agency bus stop, near Radio Shack, when they were struck, according to published reports.Smith, who is suspected to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash, was booked into Washoe County Jail on suspicion of two counts of DUI causing death and failure to yield to pedestrians; his bail was set at $60,200. He was released from jail during that weekend.It is unknown if Smith has an attorney.Noble said the case will be transferred to Michael Bolenbaker, another deputy district attorney, starting next week, as Noble's new role with the county's appeals division begins Monday.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Feb 1, 2012 05:55PM Published Feb 1, 2012 05:54PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.