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York police officer not guilty in pedestrian death

York Regional Police Const. Remo Romano in court on May 9, 2016. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher.

A York regional police officer has been found not guilty in the death of a pedestrian two years ago, the Toronto Star reports.

Const. Remo Romano, 44, was charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death.

Natasha Carla Abogado, 18, was crossing St. Clair Avenue East, west of Warden, around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2014, when she was hit by a pickup truck driven by Romano — an 11-year veteran of the force who was conducting surveillance. Abogado died at the scene.

The court heard that while Romano was on duty, his vehicle was unmarked.

He was travelling at 115 km/h, 70 km/h over the speed limit, at the time of the crash.

The defence countered that while Romano was speeding, he was not driving dangerously. They say he did not run red lights and he was not cutting in and out of traffic. The defence argued that Abogado was jaywalking.

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