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Charges dropped against man in crash that killed pedestrian

June 28, 2019

GRAY, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who struck and killed a woman with his car in April will not face criminal charges.

The office of the Cumberland County District Attorney said Thursday that 58-year-old Jay Westra, of North Yarmouth, will not be charged. Police said in April that Westra fatally struck 40-year-old Samantha Rinaldi, of Gray, while she was walking along Yarmouth Road in her hometown.

The district attorney’s office says Westra was initially charged with operating under the influence of alcohol. The Portland Press Herald reports a blood test revealed Westra’s blood-alcohol level was below the legal limit.

Westra’s wife, 47-year-old Kristen Westra, went missing last fall before her body was found in the woods near her home. An autopsy later confirmed Kristen Westra’s death was a suicide.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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