Sheriff: No criminal negligence in corn maze death

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HAUSER, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say they found no criminal negligence in the death of a Washington state man who was hit by a bus at a zombie attraction in a northern Idaho corn maze.

KREM-TV reports ( ) that the Kootenai County sheriff's office in Idaho says it doesn't plan to recommend charges in last Friday's death of 18-year-old Jeremy McSpadden Jr. of Spokane Valley, Washington.

The station says workplace safety officials will conduct their own investigation.

McSpadden was a role player in the "Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus" attraction at the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser, Idaho.

Witnesses say the teen was dressed as a zombie when he emerged from his hiding place and ran toward a modified school bus carrying paintball players. Witnesses say he tripped and fell in front of the rear tires and got run over.