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Charges filed against El Paso County GOP Chairman dismissed

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The charges filed against an El Paso County GOP Chairman have been dismissed.

Chairman Trevor Dierdorff hit Mel Tolbert of Colorado Springs with the back of his car as he was exiting a parking space on March 28 at the intersection of Tejon Street and North Platte Avenue. Tolbert died from his injuries on April 2. 


Apparently, Tolbert was crossing Tejon more than 25 feet from the crosswalk and against the light when he was hit by Dierdorff. 

According to Colorado state law, it is not illegal to drive in reverse on a roadway and “Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.”  (C.R.S. 42-4-803)

READ MORE: El Paso County GOP Chairman charged in deadly accident

According to police, Dierdorff did check his rear view camera while reversing and that Mr. Tolbert was not in his path at the time.

The District Attorney’s Office ruled on Wednesday that charges would be dropped


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