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DA reviewing fatality accident

March 2, 2005

The Kansas Highway Patrol has completed its investigation into the circumstances leading to a Dec. 2004 traffic accident that claimed the life a local volunteer firefighter and has submitted its findings to the Leavenworth County District Attorney's Office for review of possible charges.

Highway patrol officials said they could not reveal findings of the department's reconstruction of the accident, which also involved a Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department deputy, until the district attorney's office has reviewed the case.

"At this time we can't reveal any information due to the restrictions from the district attorney's office and our chain of command," Trooper Howard Dickinson said.

Debra Owen, a spokesperson for the district attorney's office, said it could be several days before her office decides whether charges will be filed.

On Dec. 29 19-year-old Jared Moore was driving north on 155th Street in Basehor to the scene of a late night injury accident. When turning left onto Donahoo Road, Moore's vehicle was struck from behind by a sheriff's department patrol car, driven by deputy Robert L. Peterman.

Peterman was on leave until February, but has returned to light duty.

Moore was the first Fairmount Township firefighter in nearly 30 years to be killed in the line of duty.

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