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Charges Filed In Fatal Hit And Run

Associated Press - September 26, 2013 8:18 am

A Salina man is arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run accident.

A 63-year-old Salina man is charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor in the death of a bicycle rider in May.

Saline County prosecutors announced Wednesday they had charged Lewis Grider with reckless involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of an injury or fatality accident, and failing to report an accident. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

Grider is accused of hitting 49-year-old Gail Kline on May 31, who was hit as she was riding alone west of Salina as part of the Kandango Bicycle Tour. A truck driver found her in a ditch and called emergency officials.

Kline was hit from behind as she was riding a bicycle on West Crawford Street west of Salina. The vehicle that hit her then left the scene. Deputies arrested Grider later that evening.

A memorial, also known as a ghost bike, was placed at the site of the accident a couple of days later. Ghost bikes are traditionally placed where a fellow cyclist has lost their life. It serves as a memorial and also a fitting reminder to respect human life out on the road way.

Associated Press information from: The Salina Journal

Fuchs Mi

September 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

Really it took 3 1/2 months for them to file charges. What I would like to know is why the county attorney’s office never filed charges against the woman who killed the guy while making an illegal turn on East Crawford. Seems to me if you are some how connected you do not get charged. I cannot believe it took the sheriff’s department 3 1/2 months of investigating this. Makes one wonder just what made up evidence will be produced. He was arrested right after the accident and then let go if he was guilty he was guilty 3 months earlier.

Red Neck

September 27, 2013 at 12:10 am

Welcome to Salina. There has always been a double standard on who you were or who you knew. Nothing has changed that is why the woman never got charged and walked. But what smells here is if they arrested this guy to begin with then they should have had enought evidence to do so and he should have stayed in jail. The sheriff and county attorney has had 3 months let us say to be creative in finding charges to file against him. Life is good for some in Salina.

mike betts

September 27, 2013 at 11:05 am


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