Local News | 85-year-old Burlington woman dies of assault injury | Seattle Times Newspaper
This is so sad... sad that it happened, and sad that the prosecutor has to decide whether to upgrade the assault charge.
85-year-old Burlington woman dies of assault injury
By The Associated Press
MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit County sheriff's office says an 85-year-old Burlington woman who was knocked down by a fleeing burglary suspect has died.
The sheriff's office says Clara Thorp suffered a broken pelvis when the 23-year-old burglar entered her home on Sept. 24 and demand her car. Investigators say he pushed her to the floor when she said she didn't drive. She never recovered from the injury and died Friday at a care center.
The intruder is jailed in Mount Vernon facing charges of assault, burglary and resisting arrest.
A prosecutor, Rosemary Kaholokula, is deciding whether to upgrade the assault charge to murder.