An Asheville bus driver is faced with a more serious charge in an accident in which an 86-year-old pedestrian suffered fatal personal injuries.

 

According to a report in the Asheville Citizen-Times, on February 4, 68-year-old Tolley Tate was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle in connection to the crash in which Leicester resident David Stroupe was killed. Stroupe died on November 5.

 

Initially, Tate had been charged with failure to reduce speed.

 

According to a state medical examiner, the accident contributed to Stroupe’s death, as well as age and disease.

 

Tate was released Friday on $5,000 unsecured bond.

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