On June 26, 49-year-old Mark Jilka of Manhattan, was bicycling on the shoulder of K-177 near Manhattan, when he was struck from behind and killed by Derik Kesler, 32, of Rossville, who was driving a pickup truck.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports:
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when a 2007 Dodge pickup truck that was traveling south on K-177 highway struck a bicycle that also was southbound and travelling south on the right shoulder of the highway.
The bicyclist came to rest in the west ditch of the highway, while the pickup truck stopped on the southbound shoulder.
The bicycle rider, identified as Mark M. Jilka, was pronounced dead at the scene.
No word yet on any charged that will be faced by the driver, but it would seem criminally negligent if a bicyclist is not safe even when travelling on the shoulder of a road…
Mark Jilka is the third person to die while bicycling in Kansas in 2014. Kristina Brown was killed by a drunk driver on January 10th in Wichita, and Kenneth Young collapsed and died from a medical condition near Admire on June 22.
See also: Kansas Highway Patrol Crash Log
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