Time to wrap up the crash investigation

March 3, 2014 

It has been a year now since Scott Hutchison and his son Zachary were killed in a head-on collision near Belleville, but prosecutors have yet to decide whether the other driver will be charged with a crime.

Was the other driver legally intoxicated or driving too fast for conditions? Was this a reckless homicide? Or was this simply a tragic accident, one of several accidents on icy roads in the vicinity the evening of March 1?

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said in a news article on Saturday that the case is still under consideration and "we owe it to the family to pursue every legal theory before a final decision."

After all this time, what he really owes the Hutchison family is a decision. A year is way too long to leave the families involved and the public hanging.

The Hutchisons need the answer to help heal and move forward -- even if the answer is that no charges will be filed, and why not.

Ditto for Adrian Reed, who is named as the other driver in a wrongful death civil lawsuit filed by widow Angie Hutchison. Reed has had the threat of a criminal prosecution hanging over him for a year now, fairly or unfairly. He has had to deal with public speculation about his actions that night.

If Kelly intends to file charges, he needs to do it so Reed can have his day in court. If Kelly feels the evidence doesn't support filing charges, Reed deserves to have this cloud over him lifted.

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