No charges in German cyclists' deaths on historic Route 66

August 14, 2018 - 6:56 pm

No criminal charges will be filed against the driver who struck and killed two German cyclists in Kansas while they rode on the historic Route 66 during a cross-country trip.

Cherokee County Attorney Jacob Conard wrote in a letter released Monday that there's no evidence the 23-year-old driver from Shawnee, Kansas, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or operating her minivan in a "reckless or dangerous manner" before she struck the two from behind in May.

Harry Jung, 74, and Heinz Gerd Buchel, 71, died at the scene, just north of the Oklahoma state line.

But Conrad noted that the burden of proof is lower in civil proceedings, and urged the Kansas Highway Patrol to retain reports in case the families sue.

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