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Manslaughter charges dropped against driver in Va. crash that killed baby in stroller

John F Miller IV, who was indicted in a crash that killed a 5-month-old baby. (Photo: Loudoun County Police)

The motion was granted in court Tuesday for manslaughter charges to be dropped against a man officials indicted for crashing into and killing a 5-month-old baby in a stroller at an intersection in Loudoun County in 2016.

John Miller IV, 45, had been indicted for involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

On August 31, 2016, Miller was turning onto Riverside Parkway from Coton Manor Drive in Lansdowne. His Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed into Mindy Schulz as she was walking in the crosswalk with her son Tristan, who was in a stroller, killing Tristan and badly injuring Mindy.

According to court documents, officials would have needed to "prove beyond a reasonable doubt" that Miller's driving was "'so gross wanton, and culpable as to show a reckless disregard of human life" to pursue the manslaughter charges further. Officials determined Miller's driving at the time did not fall under that level of culpability, according the documents.

The prosecutors said in court in Loudoun County on Tuesday that analysis showed that Miller was not using his cellphone at the time and that they could not prove manslaughter.

Miller still faces charges of reckless driving and was given a specials escort from the courthouse by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.


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