Kern County DA charging deputy with 2 counts of manslaughter
Deputy hit, killed 2 pedestrians in Dec. 2011
10:29 AM, Oct 12, 2012
5:26 PM, Oct 12, 2012
OILDALE, Calif. - The Kern County District Attorney's Office announced that it is filing charges against Kern County Sheriff Deputy John Swearengin on Friday, Oct. 12.
Swearengin is being charged with 2 counts of manslaughter after hitting two pedestrians with his patrol car.
On Dec. 16, 2011, Deputy Swearengin was driving a patrol car in excess of 80 miles per hour when he struck and killed Daniel Hiler and Crystal Jolley.
It was determined by reports that Swearengin was responding to a call of grand theft auto at the time of the crash and was driving his patrol car without lights and sirens at nearly 85 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Hiler and Jolley were struck by Swearengin's patrol car while crossing Norris Road at 7:30 p.m. They were pronounced dead at the scene.