DENVER (CBS4)- The 91-year-old driver accused of causing a chain-reaction crash that killed a scooter rider has been charged in the accident.
Police have charged Margie Ewers for careless driving resulting in death, a misdemeanor charge. If she is found guilty she will face a possible fine but no jail time.
The crash happened Saturday afternoon at the intersection of 8th and Quebec in Denver.
Debbie Hudes had stopped her scooter at a red light when she was struck from behind.
Police said Ewers slammed her Hyundai into the Kia Sorento, also stopped at the light, which plowed into Debbie’s scooter. The 53-year-old died at the scene.
Neighbors remember the woman as full of life.
“She was really a happy person. She was always smiling,” said Debbie’s neighbor Kim Bashasha.
“It’s really sad what happened to her. She loved that scooter. It’s all she had and she rode it everywhere.”
Bashasha said the scooter was Debbie’s pride and joy, “She rode her scooter all over this area. She would ride on the sidewalk to take her stuff up and then she’d go park it.”
She said Debbie held a series of odd jobs and spent hours tending to her plants.
“She was definitely a fixture here on her scooter with her plants and stuff like that so it’s going to be really sad,” said Bashasha. “She went being on her scooter. It was her favorite thing it really was. She really liked it.”