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Douglas County Deputy Killed Riding His Bike

Douglas County sheriff’s deputy David Dillon was killed while riding a bicycle on Saturday, June 28th at about 7:45 am near Eudora, Kansas (see map).

The 44-year-old Dillon was a jail operations lieutenant for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and had been with the sheriff’s department for 26 years. He was off-duty at the time of his death.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, Dillon was riding west on North 1400 Road, about one mile west of Eudora, when he was struck from behind by a 2003 Oldsmobile driven by 20-year-old Kyle William Van Meter of Eudora.

“This is a tragic day for our office as Lt. Dillon was well-liked and well-respected professionally by our officers and those he worked with so diligently in the corrections field across the United States,” wrote Lt. Kari Wempe, sheriff’s spokeswoman, in a statement release by the department. “Our hearts are heavy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends and, too, which each of our officers who were privileged to work with Lt. Dillon. He will be greatly missed.”

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Read more: Eudora News, Lawrence Journal-World, MyFoxKC

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