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No charges to be filed against driver in fatal Christmas Day church parking lot crash, police say

The Charleston County Coroner’s Office said 93-year-old Olivia Pace of Charleston died at the...
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office said 93-year-old Olivia Pace of Charleston died at the Medical University of South Carolina at 11:47 a.m.(Live 5 News)
Published: Jan. 6, 2020 at 11:13 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - No charges will be filed against the driver who fatally struck a pedestrian in a West Ashley church parking lot on Christmas Day.

Olivia Pace, 93, was killed in the auto-pedestrian crash at Blessed Sacrament Church in West Ashley. She died around 11:40 a.m. Christmas morning, roughly an hour after Charleston County dispatchers got the 911 call.

According to Charleston police officials, an elderly female was driving a Chevrolet Malibu on Savannah Highway when she struck Pace in the parking lot.

The incident report released Monday stated an off-duty officer working inside the church at the time notified dispatchers.

The Catholic Diocese of Charleston released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church that resulted in the death of a woman. It is especially devastating that it occurred on Christmas Day.

We ask members of all faith communities to pray for the victim and her family, and for everyone affected by the accident.

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