Archive for Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Driver in fatal crash faces four citations

November 19, 2003

A 34-year-old man has been identified as the alleged driver in a hit-and-run accident last month that claimed the life of a rural Basehor man.

Brett Bidnick is listed on a Leavenworth County sheriff's report as the owner and driver of a 1997 Chevrolet 4X4 pickup that was heading east on Kansas Highway 32 on Oct. 8 when it collided with a car trying to turn left onto 166th Street. The car was driven by Kevin Criswell Swope, 22, who was critically injured and died the following day the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

The driver of the pickup abandoned his vehicle at the accident scene and fled.

For weeks following the accident, sheriff's officers worked to identify the driver of the pickup. Major Dave Zoellner of the sheriff's department said Bidnick has a home in Kansas City, Mo.

Bidnick has been cited for driving with a suspended license, failure to report an injury accident, failure to report an accident by quickest means and failure to render assistance to a person injured in an accident. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

Bidnick is scheduled to appear in Leavenworth County District Court next Wednesday.

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