The case against a bus driver accused of running over and killing 82-year-old businessman Richard Wirick, who was known around Salt Lake City as "Mr. Downtown," was put on hold Wednesday until prosecutors can appeal a judge's decision to a higher court.
Salt Lake City Judge L.G. Cutler ruled Wednesday that a jury could not convict someone of negligent operation of a motor vehicle unless criminal negligence is proven. That means the defendant would have had to knowingly commit an act of negligence take impairing substances before driving, seeing a man in the crosswalk but proceeding anyway, among other knowingly reckless acts.
It's a possible snag in the city's case against Cheryl Anne Kidd, the bus driver who hit Wirick as he was walking in a crosswalk at 200 East and 400 South about two years ago.