GIRARD — A Chanute man, who pleaded guilty late last year to involuntary manslaughter in the June 7, 2015 death of Glenda Taylor.
Taylor, 60, of Topeka, was warming up for the Kansas State Time Trial Championships on Kansas Highway 146 east of Walnut. She was riding eastbound when a truck driven by Kidwell struck her as he attempted to pass her.
Taylor was killed in the accident, and both Kidwell and his passenger, Levi Phillips, 20, Chanute, were uninjured.
As part of the plea agreement prosecutors “stood silent” — did not put on evidence or refute defense witnesses — during the allocution stage of the sentencing.
Multiple witnesses testified that Kidwell is an integral part of the community and mentors many young men in Chanute.
In the victim impact statement, Taylor’s husband — Joe Saia — spoke of his wife, who was an art instructor at Washburn University, and described her “gusto” for life before asking that Kidwell be sent to prison.
Judge Lori Bolton Fleming, sentenced Kidwell to 34 months in prison before suspending the sentence and placing him on probation for 36 months. Kidwell will also serve 60 days in the Crawford County Jail and was immediately taken into custody.
Fleming took notice of Kidwell’s ties to the community and the two businesses he owns.
Fleming also noted that Kidwell had no prior record, and that the Taylor’s death was not deliberate.
“There has been evidence of reckless and distracted driving,” she said. “But no ill will.”
In addition to his sentence, Kidwell will be required to register in the Kansas offender database for 15 years, and must pay $558 in courts costs and fees. No restitution was ordered because that had been handled in a separate civil judgement which had already been paid.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.