Location: Lawrence

Distracted Driver Killed David Dillon

According to a report issued by the Kansas Highway Patrol, the driver who killed Douglas County sheriff’s deputy David Dillon on June 28th was “distracted by a cell phone and other electronic devices during the accident.”

Dillon, off duty at the time, was riding his bicycle west of Eudora when he struck him from behind by a car driven by Kyle William Van Meter. The report, according to the Lawrence Journal-World, “indicates there were scattered showers in the area, but visibility was not obstructed on the straight and level road. The report indicates that inattention and failure to yield the right-of-way by the 20-year-old driver were contributing circumstances in the wreck.”

There is no word on whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, as toxicology reports are pending. There is also no word on whether or not the driver will be charged for killing Dillon.

If you’d like to express your opinion on that particular subject, you can contact the Douglas County District Attorney, Charles Branson, at 785-841-0211 or districtattorney@douglas-county.com.

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web’s premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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