No evidence of crime in 15yo fatal, Chief confronts “character assassination”

No charges in 15yo fatal, Chief confronts "character assassination"
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AURORA, Mo. – Police say there’s no evidence of a crime after a pedestrian crash claimed the life of a 15-year-old. The Chief also confronted the public’s character assassination attempts on both the teen and the driver.

The Aurora Police Department released more details today about the October 27 incident.

A 79-year-old woman was driving west on Highway 60 through the Highway 39 intersection around 8:30 pm.

According to police, the 15-year-old, Troy Divine, was crossing the intersection on foot wearing dark clothing. Authorities say the driver was unable to see him in time to avoid hitting him. Divine later died from his injuries.

Police Chief Wes Coatney shared an update, stating that at this time, there’s no evidence to suggest the driver violated any criminal statute or ordinance. He also stated that the driver remained at the scene, cooperated with the investigation, and voluntarily submitted to toxicology tests request by police as a normal protocol for serious crashes.

Coatney also confronted some of the public’s reactions on social media.

“Our hearts go out to everyone involved in and impacted by this tragedy. We know the social media machine quickly began character assassination attempts on both Conway and Divine. As an agency, we suggest neither party deserved that and neither of these families needed that extra damage to deal with during an already unimaginable situation. Let’s be better.

To the vast majority of you who sent support, prayers, thoughts, and even words of inspiration to the parties involved and even to our first responders who were at the scene, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your words and support are meaningful, and provide more benefit and service than you can imagine. We appreciate you allowing us to serve.”

Chief Wes Coatney