DA says man who struck, killed mother at Tippin Elementary will not face charges


    Tippin Elementary School (KFOX14/CBS4)

    The El Paso County District Attorney’s Office said the man who struck and killed a mother at Tippin Elementary School on the first day of school in August will not face charges.

    Below is the statement from the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office:

    The El Paso District Attorney’s Office has decided not to pursue criminal charges in the tragic death of Kharisma Ashlee James. After careful review of the facts and circumstances of the unfortunate accident, it is the decision of the office that the accident did not involve criminal intent.

    Kharisma James, 33, died after 59-year-old Roger Hawkins struck her and her two children. Another child were injured.

    Authorities have identified the victim who died on the scene as 33-year-old Kharisma Aslee James. Source: Kharisma James via Facebook

    The police report stated that Hawkins was driving a Chrysler 300 with his wife in the school’s parking lot.

    It stated that Hawkins backed his car into a marked space while his wife got out to pick up their two children, who were getting out of school. Once his wife returned with their children, Hawkins placed his car into drive and it began rolling forward while another vehicle, a BMW, was coming south toward the parking lot exit and struck Hawkins’ car on the side.

    Kharisma James was struck a moment later.

    The report indicates that Hawkins drove forward and, with the car’s front bumper, struck James and her two children, who had just come out of the school and were walking toward their parked car.

    Hawkins’ car also struck another student, Athindra Sathish Kumar, who was with his mother walking to their vehicle, according to the report.

    The report says Hawkins put the car in reverse, allowing witnesses to free James’ daughter and Kumar from underneath the car. It states Hawkins then put the car in reverse for a short distance, shifted back into drive and moved forward, striking James in the head as well as hitting another vehicle.

    The report also stated that Hawkins was not suspected of using alcohol or drugs so he was not tested for them.

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