Diversion Denied In Bicyclist Death

A northeast Kansas man accused of causing the death of a Manhattan bicyclist will not be eligible for diversion.

Assistant Riley County Attorney James Garrison said during a hearing Monday that 33-year-old Derik Kesler of Rossville will not be eligible for diversion because of his past criminal history. Garrison did not detail Kesler’s past crimes.

Kesler faces one misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide in the June 2014 death of 49-year-old Mark Jilka of Manhattan, who was riding his bicycle on Kansas Highway 177 south of Manhattan

Kesler said in a voluntary statement that he was typing a location into his phone’s GPS when his truck hit Kesler.

Associated Press information from: The Manhattan Mercury