A Milwaukee-area woman whose SUV struck and killed a pedestrian last autumn has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
Prosecutors said Monday that Josephine E. Sardina, 31, was reading a text message around the moment of the collision. They also say she had marijuana's active ingredient in her system.
The victim was identified as David Budge. A witness told investigators Budge tried to jump out of the way before he was struck last October. The medical examiner's office said Budge died of blunt-force trauma consistent with trying to evade a vehicle.
The criminal complaint stated Sardina heard a thud and saw Budge on the ground. She ran to check on him and then called 911.
She also acknowledged smoking marijuana and said she has back problems.