Baldinger charged in fatal crash

Updated: July 8, 2009, 8:47 AM ET
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Ex-NFL offensive lineman Rich Baldinger has been charged in connection with a June car crash that killed a 61-year-old woman.

Baldinger was charged Monday in Jackson County, Mo., with operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, which is a misdemeanor, the Kansas City Star reported.

Last month, officials said there would be no charges in connection with the June 27 crash that killed Marilyn L. Walters, 61, of Grain Valley. But Tammy Dickinson, chief trial assistant for Jackson County, said that was a "misunderstanding," according to the Star.

"We had never even been presented with anything at that point in time," she said, according to the report.

Baldinger faces up to a year in jail and/or as much as $5,000 in fines if convicted, Dickinson said, according to the report.

Baldinger spent most of his 12-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs, starting 92 games. He also played for the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

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