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Court Ruling Means Truck Driver Will Face Charges

Posted at: 06/11/2013 6:44 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It was a hit and run that left a bicyclist with serious injuries, led police to Missouri to find the suspect, and made for a complicated case, but now that case is moving forward.

A ruling handed down this week will re-ignite this case. It was stalled when the local district court sided with the truck drivers lawyers and dropped the charges. The defense argued there was no way the driver could’ve known that he hit a bicyclist. But now the appeals court ruling the local court was wrong in dismissing the charges.

The accident took place at 1 a.m. on September 17, 2011 in a center lane of Highway 52. The driver, Terry Dye, 55, of Nevada told an employee at the trucking company he worked for that he had thought he had hit a deer, but it was dark when the collision occurred. The semi he was driving was tracked down to Missouri and he was charged with Criminal Vehicular Operation.

"We believed that the evidence would show that the driver did know that he hit a bicyclist not another animal or anything else and this just gives us a chance to move forward with that case,” said Olmsted County Attorney, Mark Ostrem.

ABC 6 News will continue to follow the case as it moves forward.