Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Court date in 24-40 fatality delayed

June 6, 2007

A court appearance of a Lansing man whose collision with two vehicles claimed the life of a 19-year-old Tonganoxie woman has been delayed.

Ricardo DeLeon Flores, 20, was scheduled to appear Wednesday, June 6, in Leavenworth County District Court for traffic violations, but his appearance has been pushed back to 8:30 a.m. June 27.

Amanda Bixby, a 2005 Tonganoxie High School graduate, was two months shy of her 20th birthday when she was killed in a three-vehicle accident on Valentine's Day this year at 158th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.

Police said Flores failed to yield at a stop sign on 158th Street and headed north across U.S. 24-40, striking one car and then Bixby's car.

Flores was set to appear Wednesday for several traffic violations including excessive speed, failure to yield, driving through a stop sign and having no valid driver's license.

Dennis Bixby, Amanda's father, wants to update state law to allow vehicular homicide charges to be filed in such cases; the state Supreme Court has ruled running a stop sign or stoplight doesn't meet the threshold for vehicular homicide under current law.

He's been working with Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, and Sen. Roger Pine, R-Lawrence, on legislation that would change the law. The proposed legislation also would allow drug testing at the site of a crash.

Bixby said that, so far, there's no opposition to the proposed legislation in Topeka. Until the measure is assigned a bill number, it is known simply as "Amanda's Law."

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