The driver of a car that struck and killed a Douglas County sheriff's deputy on his bicycle was distracted by a cell phone and other electronic devices during the accident, a Kansas Highway Patrol report said.
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.
Lt. David K. Dillon, 44, a deputy for the jail operations division of the sheriff's office, was off-duty and riding his bicycle shortly before 8 a.m. June 28 in the 1900 block of North 1400 Road, just one mile west of Eudora.
According to the highway patrol, Dillon was riding west on the road when the driver of a 2003 Oldsmobile struck him from behind, causing Dillon to be thrown into the north ditch of the road. The driver was identified as Kyle William Van Meter.
The accident caused the right front tire of the car to be flattened from impact with the bicycle, the report said. The seat of the bike was found under Dillon's body.
The report indicates there were scattered showers in the area, but visibility was not obstructed on the straight and level road.
On June 30, the patrol said toxicology results were pending and phone records were being obtained as a part of the investigation. An update on the investigation has not been provided since then, despite multiple requests to the agency, which worked the case at the request of the sheriff's office.