Crime & Courts

Trial set for driver in death of pedestrian

A 52-year-old man accused of striking and killing a pedestrian while speeding down a darkened street last month is scheduled to go to trial in late June.

Kevin Lamont Williams Sr. is charged with involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol and aggravated battery in connection with in the April 3 accident that left one man dead and another seriously injured.

He waived his preliminary hearing this week. His jury trial is slated to begin at 9 a.m. on June 28.

Wichita police have said Williams was one of two men speeding down the 1100 block of North Cleveland shortly before 10 p.m. on that Saturday when the pedestrians were struck as they crossed the street.

Robert Ryder, 25, died at the scene. His 39-year-old cousin was critically injured.

Williams returned to the scene of the collision shortly afterward, saying he thought he had hit something with his red Oldsmobile Cutlass. Damage to his car indicated it had been involved in an impact of some sort, police said.

Williams is also charged with driving with a suspended license.

A second arrest in the case has not been made.

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