Kern County DA charging deputy with 2 counts of manslaughter

Deputy hit, killed 2 pedestrians in Dec. 2011

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.

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