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Charleston officer pleads guilty to failing to use lights, sirens in fatal crash

A negligent homicide charge has been dropped against Steven Doss, a Charleston police officer after he pleaded guilty to failing to use lights and sirens in a crash that fatally injured an elderly woman. (WCHS/WVAH)


A negligent homicide charge has been dropped against a Charleston police officer after he pleaded guilty to failing to use lights and sirens in a crash that fatally injured an elderly woman.

Stephen Doss pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge Wednesday. The charges carries a maximum penalty of 10 days in jail.

On Jan. 4, Doss was rushing to get an Orchard Manor apartment after a pregnant woman frantically called saying she had been assaulted by a man with a knife.

Doss never made it to the call.

He was on Bigley Avenue when he got word and rushed down Washington Street West before crashing into an elderly woman, said to be in her late 70s, who was pulling off on Maryland Avenue. The elderly woman died as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash.

In August, Doss was indicted on negligent homicide, authorized emergency vehicle violation and speeding charges.

Doss will be sentenced 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

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