Archive for Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Driver in fatal wreck faces 1st trial Jan. 8

December 31, 2003

Next week, Leavenworth County Judge Frederick Stewart will decide the case against a man appealing convictions he received in Basehor Municipal Court.

Brett Bidnick, who is also cited with failing to render assistance to an injured person in a separate traffic accident, is appealing guilty findings on charges of driving under the influence, his second such arrest, police report, and driving with a suspended license.

His trial will begin Jan. 8.

The charges stem from a February accident in Basehor at the intersection of 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24/40.

Police said Bidnick misled officers to believe his passenger was the driver during the accident in Basehor. After questioning, police determined Bidnick the driver and arrested him.

Earlier this month, Judge Stewart suppressed statements Bidnick made to police but did not throw out eyewitness testimony naming him as the driver in question.

Bidnick will also stand trial in February 2004 for another traffic related accident.

He is cited in district court with failing to render assistance to an injured person, failure to report an injury accident, failure to report an accident by quickest means and driving with a suspended license.

The citations stem from a vehicle accident Oct. 8. Bidnick, allegedly driving a 4x4 truck, struck a vehicle driven by Kevin Swope, a 22-year-old Basehor man, at the intersection of Kansas Highway 32 and 166th streets.

Swope died as result of injuries sustained in the crash. Bidnick fled the scene on foot.

His trial on the county citations is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 4.

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