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Fargo won't charge driver for death of 2-year-old struck by car

FARGO - Fargo city prosecutors have decided not to charge the driver of a car that struck and killed a 2-year-old girl on Aug. 1, and county prosecutors are still reviewing the case.

Jasmine Rose Wilson of Fargo died in a hospital two days after she was hit by the car as she tried to cross South University Drive at 25th Avenue.

Police say she was with an adult female and was walking in the crosswalk when the northbound car hit her at about 9 p.m.

"The only thing we looked at was pretty much traffic violations for the driver, and we declined any charges," Assistant City Attorney Jason Loos said Thursday.

Police investigators re­constructed the accident, but Loos said prosecutors couldn't prove how fast the car was going.

It was within 5 mph above or below the speed limit, he said.

Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel has said it appears the car's driver, a 21-year-old Fargo woman, tried to swerve to avoid hitting the girl and that traffic signals at the intersection ap­peared to have been working properly at the time.

Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick said Thursday his office still has the matter under review for potential charges.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528