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Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:40 am, Thu Jan 12, 2012.

The California Highway Patrol continues to investigate Saturday's crash that took the life of Galt resident Marie Edwards, 57.

Edwards, driving west on Eight Mile Road, was hit by a woman who ran a red light going north on West Lane, according to the CHP. The northbound driver, Barbara Lutge, 69, was not cited despite running the red light, but investigators will decide whether to recommend manslaughter charges against Lutge to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, CHP spokesman Angel Arceo said.

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  • Robynn Fried posted at 6:56 pm on Mon, Jan 16, 2012.

    Robynn Fried Posts: 17

    Giving her a citation will be a mute point if she's charged with manslaughter. She can still be cited later, and most likely will be. It takes so long to investigate because they need to make sure all their i's are dotted and t's are crossed. There's a LOT that goes into filing charges of this magnitude, including testing to see if alcohol and/or drugs were involved, vehicle malfunction, or any other circumstances that would affect the outcome. Patience. It takes time to get all the details that leave no question or loophole for the defendant and their lawyer(s) to jump through so justice can be served.

  • Christy Soares Nix posted at 6:13 pm on Thu, Jan 12, 2012.

    MARIEsCOUSIN Posts: 1

    I want to thank you Ross Farrow (on behalf of our family) for keeping us informed of any information, as soon as it becomes available, regarding this senseless and tragic accident.

    This careless act by an individual, who only suffered 'minor injuries', has caused such great loss and confusion. How is an individual not even cited despite running the red light? Why will it take investigators one to two months to decide whether they recommend manslaughter charges?

    We’ve seen the car, we’ve seen the body – Marie is DECEASED! Deceased because a Stockton woman ran a red light at 55 to 60 mph… according to a CHP report.



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