Esperanza Vasquez, a 33 year old Silver Spring resident, was learning how to drive in the Eastern Middle School parking lot last July.& Vasquez did not have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit when she was driving and her car jumped a curb and proceeded down a grassy hill.& Her car hit two bystanders, killing 13 year old Deborah Reyes Casasola and injuring the other woman.& The 13 year old girl was at school watching a soccer game when Vasquez’s car came down the hill and struck her.
The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office said they did not file criminal charges against Vasquez because her “actions didn’t rise to the level of criminal negligence.”& The State’s Attorney’s Office continued, “moving forward with a motor vehicle manslaughter prosecution would not have been the proper course of action in this case.”& Vasquez will still face traffic charges for negligent driving and driving without a license.& Casasola’s father said in response to hearing this, “She had the right for the law to protect her…the law protected the criminal, not the victim.”
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