A driver has been charged and convicted six months after a fatal hit-and-run crash in Iowa.
Jessica Brown, 34, was charged with failure to stop at a safe distance. She was convicted and ordered to pay a fine of $500, a statutory surcharge of $175 and court costs of $60.
Brown hit Gerald Williams, 58, who was found dead in a ditch along on June 23.
A search for Williams was launched after his wife was unable to contact him and officers found he was not home.
Searchers later found him dead a day after he went on a bike ride.
Investigators with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Lenox Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol confirmed Williams was hit by a car driven by Brown. Authorities were able to track down Brown days after the incident but didn’t file charges until October.
Brown struck Williams, and the accident immobilized her Chevrolet Malibu, according to Brown and witness statements. Brown said she believed she hit a deer and even searched for the animal. The driver was discovered down the road from where the incident occurred.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported November that bicyclist deaths rose faster than the overall number of traffic accidents in the country – 6.5 percent to the overall 3.3 percent in 2012.