Archive for Friday, November 14, 2008

No charges will be filed in June bicycle accident near Eudora

November 14, 2008

Criminal charges will not be filed against the motorist who was distracted by electronics when he struck and killed a Douglas County sheriff's lieutenant who was riding his bicycle, District Attorney Charles Branson announced Friday afternoon. Lt. David Dillon, a deputy for the jail operations division of the sheriff's office, died in the June 28 accident. Dillon, 44, was off-duty when he was struck from behind by a 2003 Oldsmobile driven by Kyle Van Meter, 21, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The accident caused the right front tire of the car to be flattened from impact with the bicycle, a highway patrol report said. The seat of the bike was found under Dillon's body. "Van Meter admitted to being distracted by his radio and told authorities he did not see Dillon until he hit him," Branson said in a news release. A highway patrol report said Van Meter, of Eudora, was also distracted by a cell phone during the accident, which occurred in the 1900 block of North 1400 Road, just one mile west of Eudora. The report indicated inattention and failure to yield the right-of-way were contributing circumstances in the wreck. Branson said his office has returned the case to the highway patrol, suggesting the state agency issue citations for unsafe overtaking/passing, following too closely and failure to wear a seatbelt. Branson said he met with Dillon's family this week to discuss the results of the investigation. "If any good can come from the tragedy we can only hope people will slow down and pay attention to their driving," he said.

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