LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Criminal charges were dismissed Friday against the regents of the University of California, in connection with the fatal injuries suffered by a staff research assistant in a 2008 laboratory fire at UCLA.
The dismissal comes after the prosecutors and regents reached a prosecution enforcement agreement.READ MORE: Free Dodgers Tickets For 1,000 Fans As Incentives Continue Rolling In For Californians Who Received The COVID Vaccine
UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran is still scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 5 to be arraigned on criminal charges stemming from the death of 23-year-old Sheharbano “Sheri” Sangii. She was fatally burned when a chemical she was transferring burst into flames upon contact with room air.READ MORE: Driver Killed After Careening Into Hancock Park Home, Sparking Fire; Street Racing May Be To Blame
Harran faces three counts of willfully violating occupational health and safety standards causing death. He faces up to 4 ½ years in state prison if convicted.MORE NEWS: Fire Crews Prepare As Hot Spell Expected To Bear Down On Southland Next Week
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