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October 10, 2007

This week, Dennis Bixby will be in Topeka to try to talk Kansas lawmakers into changing the state's vehicular homicide laws.

The Tonganoxie man's mission is, no doubt, being done with a heavy heart. In February, his daughter was killed in a highway traffic accident in Basehor. The driver of the vehicle that ran a stop sign and struck 19-year-old Amanda Bixby escaped vehicular homicide charges because, the prosecutor said, a Kansas Supreme Court ruling holds that the mere fact a driver ran a red light or stop sign does not satisfy the legal elements required for a vehicular homicide conviction.

Bixby has been working diligently with State Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, and State Sen. Roger Pine, R-Lawrence, to change the law. Wilk has high praise for Bixby, who has made it a mission to change the law and gain some semblence of justice for this daughter.

We hope his work doesn't fall on deaf ears and lawmakers make the changes in the 2008 Legislature.

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