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San Diego pedicab driver released in tourist death

July 10, 2009 |  8:20 am

A pedicab driver in San Diego arrested after the death of one of his customers has been released from jail without charges being filed.

Sukru Safa Cinar, 23, was released Thursday. But officials at the San Diego County district attorney's office said that the investigation is continuing into the July 4 accident and that charges may yet be filed.

Police arrested Cinar, a Turkish national, in the death of Sharon Miller, 60, a retired teacher from Illinois. Miller fell from Cinar's pedicab and struck her head on the pavement.

Witnesses said Cinar was driving unsafely and was in an area near the downtown convention center where pedicabs are forbidden. Also, his cab did not have seat belts as required by city ordinance, police said.

Police had said Cinar would be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter. Any felony charges must be filed by the district attorney.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego