Driver distracted in cyclist fatality

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – A driver who hit and killed a cyclist on Pillsbury Drive in Riley County was distracted.

An RCPD spokesman says the pick-up’s driver was messing with their cell phone, although they were not texting or talking at the time. Forty-nine-year-old Mark Jilka was killed in the accident shortly after 7 Thursday night. The truck was headed south on K-177 three miles south of Manhattan when the driver hit Jilka from behind. Jilka was riding on the right shoulder.

The case file is being turned over to the Riley County D.A. to decide if charges will be filed.

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