May 25, 2019
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District attorney: No charges against driver in Bath pedestrian fatality

BATH, Maine — Sagadahoc County District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said Tuesday that no charges will be filed against the Bath man who was driving a car that struck and killed a pedestrian on Washington Street in February.

Edward Buzzell, 57, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer about 6:05 a.m. Feb. 17 when he struck Paula Caruso, 70, of Wiscasset, who was crossing Washington Street in a crosswalk outside Bath Iron Works, Bath police said at the time.

Caruso was crossing the street on her way to work at the shipyard, police said. She died at the scene.

Led by Detective Sgt. Andrew Booth, Bath police conducted “a prompt, thorough and comprehensive investigation” into the cause of the collision, Rushlau said. The district attorney’s office reviewed police reports and witness statements before determining that no charges will be filed against Buzzell.

“Visibility that morning was poor,” Rushlau said in a statement. “A combination of factors, including headlight glare which was reflected off the wet road surface, made it difficult for drivers to see Ms. Caruso as she crossed Washington Street. Mr. Buzzell and the driver of a vehicle travelling toward him each told officers that they never saw Ms. Caruso before she was struck. Under these circumstances it is not appropriate to charge Mr. Buzzell with any violation of law.”

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