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Charges not likely against driver in fatal collision

Mar 2, 2011 7:12:00 AM - thestate.com
The driver of a car that struck a Columbia woman who later died is not likely to be charged, police Chief Randy Scott said Tuesday.

Claudia Walker McCain, 56, and her 18-year-old son, Richard, were outside of a crosswalk when they stepped onto Lady Street on Sunday, Feb. 20, according to Scott and police reports.

A burgundy 2000 Chrysler 300 driven by Duane A. Earles, 62, hit them about 7:30 p.m. in the 1400 block after McCain and her son had left church at nearby First Presbyterian. The son suffered a broken leg.

Though officers are continuing to interview witnesses and the investigation is not complete, Scott said it appears Earles did not commit a crime. Other details of the collision will be disclosed after the probe is done, but a timetable for that is unclear, the chief said.

McCain, a native of Anderson who grew up in Columbia, died two days after the collision. She was active at First Presbyterian, involved in seventh-grade Sunday school classes, serving as a deacon and working in the church office, according to her obituary.

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