Chanute man charged with death of Washburn professor

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A Chanute man has been charged in connection with the death of a Washburn professor.

Todd M. Kidwell, 37, is facing one charge of second degree reckless murder after he allegedly struck Glenda M. Taylor, 60, while she was competing in a time trial in Walnut, KS on June 7.

The Crawford County Attorney, Michael Gayoso, released a statement saying Kidwell is also charged with reckless driving, improper passing of a bicycle and driving left in a no-passing zone.

“He voluntarily appeared in court to turn himself in and bond was set in the amount of $75,000.00. He was ordered by the Court to report to the Crawford County jail for processing,” Gayoso said in the release.

Taylor was the chair of the art department at Washburn University. The incident occurred around 8:40 a.m. Sunday on Highway 146 while Taylor was warming up for the State Time Trial Championship. The race was scheduled to being at 9 a.m.

At the time of her death, organizers of the race said Taylor had been a mainstay in the racing community across the state.

“Glenda was a long time competitor and avid rider who will be missed by all who knew her,” Roger Lomshek said.

A second court date for Kidwell has not been scheduled but Gayoso said a conference hearing is set for June 25 in Girard.

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