Autry widow involved in fatal collision

Nov. 30, 2010 at 11:17 PM
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PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Jackie Autry, the wife of late entertainer Gene Autry, struck and killed a homeless man while driving in Palm Springs, Calif., authorities said.

Jackie Autry, 69, has not been charged in connection with the Thanksgiving Day collision involving 50-year-old Jesus Cardova Diaz, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Diaz, who was not in a crosswalk when he was hit, was pronounced dead at Desert Regional Medical Center. Police told the Times Jackie Autry did not undergo a blood alcohol test because it was clear she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Gene Autry -- who was a longtime owner of the Major League Baseball franchise variously known as the California Angels or Los Angeles Angels -- died in 1998 at age 91.

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