Ask Joe: Was anyone ever charged after Andrea Whalen was struck, killed in 2016?
From the Ask Joe file, we are looking into a question about a tragic pedestrian accident that happened more than a year ago.
Robert Stephenson wrote in asking whatever happened to the case involving Andrea Whalen, the woman who was struck and killed while crossing the street in downtown Reno.
Robert wants to know if any charges were ever filed against the driver.
Here's what I found out:
This was a tragic case. Andrea Whalen, the victim, was crossing the street at Sixth and Lake, in the crosswalk when she was hit.
Police say one car had stopped to allow Whalen to cross the street but the driver who hit Whalen did not see her. There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.
I spoke with Reno City Attorney Karl Hall about the case. A charge of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter was filed in July 2017, but there have been a number of legal delays since then.
Complicating matters now is the fact that the defendant is 87 years old and suffering from serious health issues. In fact, he is in hospice, according to those involved in the case.
So really it is unclear where this case will go from here or what the timeline will be.
Hall did say the case had to be handed off from the attorney who was originally in charge of it because of some changeover with his staff, but there's really nothing especially unusual that has slowed this case down.
It is just how the legal system works sometimes.
Now unfortunately with the driver in poor health, things are still up in the air more than a year after this tragedy happened.