No charges in crash in which pedestrian died

PORT ANGELES – No criminal charges will be filed against 20-year-old Amber Steim, who hit and killed a 49-year-old woman on Sept. 10.

And the family of Irene Harris, who was crossing Front Street at Albert Street when she was hit, said they don’t blame Steim for the vehicular death.

We “always look to see if there is evidence of something that would make a criminal offense,” said Port Angeles City Attorney Dennis Dickson.

“There is nothing of that nature.”

Steim, a Port Angeles resident, will be cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Steim was driving a 1994 Acura Integra east on Front Street at 8:27 p.m. when she struck Harris, a Port Angeles resident.

Harris was taken to Olympic Medical Center before she was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she died the next day.

The Port Angeles Police reported that Steim was not speeding, overly distracted or driving recklessly, Dickson said.

“It looks to be an unfortunate accident,” Dickson said.

“When we get into situations like this, we certainly have to recognize there are things that are unfortunate accidents that don’t involve criminal behavior.”

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