A Californian suspected of hitting and killing NFL assistant coach Gregg Knapp with a car in July has avoided charges after prosecutors found insufficient evidence to prove criminal negligence.
Knapp, 58, was struck and killed while riding a bicycle on July 17 and died five days later. The driver of the car, a 22-year-old man from Danville, remained at the scene of the crash with police, and authorities said at the time that the driver did not appear to be intoxicated.
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Contra Costa County prosecutors ruled on Friday that they would not press charges against the driver.
“The district attorney’s office determined that there was insufficient evidence to meet the required standard of criminal negligence on the part of the suspect driver,” prosecutors said via the San Jose Mercury News.
San Ramon Police initially told DanvilleSanRamon.com that the cause of the collision was mainly due to driver inattention, and prosecutors said the crash did not reach a criminal level.
GREG KNAPP, ASSISTANT JET TRAINER, 58, DEAD OF TRAGIC BIKE ACCIDENT
“The San Ramon Police Department investigation is complete and has been submitted for review. We have received official notice from the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office that they will not file criminal charges against the driver involved. in the collision, ”said the San Ramon police lieutenant. Tami Williams told the outlet Thursday.
The district attorney’s office stressed the importance of bicycle safety in its statement.,
“Fatal bicycle accidents are devastating events. After a careful review of the investigation, the district attorney’s office determined that there was insufficient evidence to meet the required standard of criminal negligence on the part of the suspect driver. The dangers of distracted driving are well known; to truly promote road safety, motorists must also be attentive drivers, ”the statement said.
Knapp was an assistant coach for the New York Jets at the time of his death.
He began a successful football career at Sacramento State where he still ranks eighth in school history in passing yards (3,806) and touchdowns (32). During his nearly 10 years of training there, Knapp received several invitations to NFL training camps.
The Jets hired Knapp as a passing specialist in January. He spent 23 years establishing himself as a veteran assistant coach, serving as the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.
He was also quarterback coach for the Niners, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos, where he coached Peyton Manning to a Super Bowl title.
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Knapp would be honored in the Broncos’ game against the Jets on Sunday.
Fox News’s Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.