Archive for Thursday, December 4, 2003

Hearing continued for truck’s driver

December 4, 2003

A court appearance for a man involved in a wreck that claimed the life of a Basehor man was continued Wednesday, Nov. 26 in Leavenworth County District Court.

Brett Bidnick, 34, is listed as the driver of a 4x4 truck that collided Oct. 8 with a car driven by a Kevin Swope of Basehor. Swope, 22, died as result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Bidnick, who allegedly fled the scene of the accident, is cited in district court with four citations. They are: 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 an injured person.

Bidnick did not appear in court Wednesday morning. His attorney, Ed Gillete of Kansas City, Kan., appeared for his client.

Gunner Sundby, Leavenworth County District Court judge, told Gillete his client is to attend the rescheduled hearing, set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The county citations pending against Bidnick aren't his first brush with authorities.

According to Basehor police and municipal court records, Bidnick also was charged after an accident in Basehor in February.

Bidnick was charged in Basehor Municipal Court with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, refusing a preliminary breath test and obstruction of the legal process.

A judge found him guilty on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license; he was found not guilty of refusing a breath test and obstruction of justice.

The guilty verdicts, however, are not final.

Bidnick has appealed the judge's decision to the county's district court.

Gillette has filed a motion to suppress statements his client made to police following the February accident.

A county district court judge will decide the matter.

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