Topeka man pleads guilty in pedestrian’s death in 2016

October 24, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man has pleaded guilty in the July 4, 2016 death of a pedestrian.

Jason Patterson entered the plea Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Patterson was charged in the death of 60-year-old Tara French. She was hit by a truck on the west side of Lake Shawnee.

Police determined Patterson had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent when he was stopped after the accident. The legal limit in Kansas is 0.08 percent.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 19.

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