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April 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Driver who fatally hit West Seattle bicyclist acquitted

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

Walla Walla — A man driving on Middle Waitsburg Road last May who struck and fatally injured a bicyclist from West Seattle has been acquitted of the crime of vehicular homicide.

The eight-woman four-man Superior Court jury reached its unanimous not-guilty verdict late Thursday afternoon in the trial of Melvin J. Bohleen.

He had been accused of driving with disregard for the safety of others when he struck Sally Eustis, 61, on May 21.

The trial began Wednesday.

Eustis was director of sales and marketing for Heartwood, a Seattle-based furniture and millwork-producing company her husband, Howard Eustis, started decades ago.

At the time of her death, she was on a weekend trip to Eastern Washington to celebrate a nephew’s college graduation.

 

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