Crime & Courts

January 10, 2014

Man celebrating birthday arrested after fatal crash involving bicycle

A 35-year-old man who was out celebrating his birthday has been arrested in connection with a collision that killed a woman riding a bicycle in southeast Wichita on Thursday night, police said.

Editor's note: Earlier versions of this story contained an incorrect name and age for Christina R. Brown, 34.

A 35-year-old man who was out celebrating his birthday has been arrested in connection with a collision that killed a woman riding a bicycle in southeast Wichita on Thursday night, police said.

Randall Duane Myers was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, DUI and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, records show.

An investigation indicates a man and woman were riding bicycles north on Oliver in the curb lane when the woman, who was the trailing member of the pair, was struck by a northbound truck at about 9:50 p.m. in the 2600 block of South Oliver, Capt. Brent Allred said. That’s near Pawnee.

The truck kept driving, not stopping after the collision. Christina R. Brown, 34, died at the scene, Allred said. Her riding partner was not hurt.

A woman driving behind the truck that hit the bicyclist kept following the truck as it left the scene and called 911 to report the accident, Allred said. She reported the truck’s tag number and even alerted dispatchers to where the man parked the company truck he was driving – at the tree-trimming business where he works. She also noted that the driver left the lot in another vehicle.

Officers contacted the owner of the company and were given the name of the man using the truck, Allred said. When Myers drove up to his residence in the 1900 block of South Main, Allred said, officers were waiting to talk to him.

Myers turned 35 on Thursday, Allred said, and he had been out celebrating with a friend before the accident.

Allred lauded the witness who called 911 and gave information about the truck.

“This is what we look for,” he said. “This is what we want. This lady did an awesome job.”

Because the bicycle was so badly damaged in the collision, Allred said, investigators aren’t sure what kind of reflective gear it featured.

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