Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists

Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists
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The families of Heinz Gerd Büchel and Harry Jung respond to the Cherokee County Prosecutor’s decision not to press charges.

“We respect Cherokee County Attorney Jake Conard’s decision. We know there were a lot of factors involved in that decision and we thank him for weighing them and making this tough choice. Our hope is this tragedy reminds people everywhere to pay attention while driving, so others don’t have to go through the painful loss of a loved one taken away too soon.”

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After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol’s investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van.

On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene.

The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 when it hit the cyclists who were also traveling west in the right lane of K-66.

Documents state there was not probable cause to charge the driver. It defines probable cause as, “evidence sufficient to cause a person of ordinary prudence and caution to conscientiously entertain a reasonable belief of the suspect’s guilt.”

The document states that there was not enough evidence showing the deaths were caused by “reckless” conduct and that ” The investigation provides no reason to believe was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or was otherwise operating the vehicle in a reckless or dangerous manner.”

Read more here (KOAM and FOX 14 redacted the name of the driver):

http://www.koamtv.com/story/38162455/names-of-cyclists-killed-in-southeast-kansas-are-released