Judge agrees to dismiss charges against trash truck driver who killed cyclist

Emily's parents, Richard and Laura Fredricks, along with their attorney, speak on the $6 million settlement they reached with Gold Medal Environmental. They plan to use the money to fund the Emily Fredricks Foundation.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia judge has tossed charges against the driver of a trash truck who struck and killed a woman on a bike in Center City nearly two years ago.

Jorge Fretts' defense attorney argued that the 28-year-old driver was not criminally reckless when he hit Emily Fredricks as she was riding her bike near 11th and Spruce Streets — and that it was a terrible accident.

Judge Lillian Ransom agreed and dismissed all charges, including vehicular homicide.

He said Fretts made the right-hand turn from the left lane.