GIRARD — A Chanute man who was charged in the death of a Topeka woman, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Todd M. Kidwell, 38, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and improper passing of a bicycle after entering guilty pleas Monday morning in Crawford County District Court.

The charges stem from a June 7, 2015 incident in which Glenda Taylor, 60, 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.

Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso said Taylor’s family was in agreement with the plea deal.

“This agreement was reached with the consent of the victim’s family,” Gayoso said via text message Monday afternoon. “We look forward to sentencing where the family will have the opportunity to address the court directly and express their thoughts as to what sentence should be imposed.”

Kidwell was set for jury trial starting the week of Dec, 12 on a second degree, reckless murder offense. His sentencing is set for January 9, 2017.

— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.