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Trial set for bus driver accused in death of Salt Lake City's 'Mr. Downtown'

Published October 4, 2013 7:54 pm

Courts • Woman could face up to six months in jail if she is convicted.
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The case of a woman accused of running over Richard "Mr. Downtown" Wirick with a Utah Transit Authority bus will be heard by a jury next year.

Cheryl Anne Kidd pleaded not guilty in March to charges of negligent operation causing personal injury, a class B misdemeanor, and failing to yield the right of way at a crosswalk, an infraction, in the 2012 accident that killed the 82-year-old businessman known as Mr. Downtown.

On Friday, a three-day jury trial was scheduled to begin Feb. 18 in Salt Lake City Justice Court.

Wirick was walking across a crosswalk at 200 East and 400 South on Feb. 21, 2012, when the traffic signals changed.

The UTA bus accelerated. The bus had a green light when it hit Wirick in the far right westbound lane of 400 South, according to a police report. He was trapped under the bus until firefighters could remove him.

Kidd, who was driving the bus, told police she did not see Wirick. There was no evidence she had been driving under the influence.

If convicted of the misdemeanor, Kidd, 50, could spend up to six months in jail.

UTA terminated Kidd on March 15, 2012, but would not comment on the circumstances other than to say each case is evaluated individually and drivers are not automatically terminated for involvement in a fatal crash.

Wirick owned the Oxford Shop shoe store, at 65 W. 100 South, for nearly six decades. He earned his nickname, Mr. Downtown, for his unwavering support of downtown business.

mlang@sltrib.com

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