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KITCHENER – A criminal charge was dropped Thursday in the case of a driver accused of killing an elderly Waterloo pedestrian last year.

Ruth Hamilton, 82, was crossing King Street near Hickory Street to go to the bank on a weekday morning in September when she was hit by a truck.

Dale Eastman, 55, of Wilmot Township was initially charged with dangerous driving causing death, a crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

But that charge was withdrawn in Kitchener court after a prosecutor said there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.

Eastman still faces one count of careless driving, a much less serious offence under the Highway Traffic Act.