Lyon County deputy convicted of vehicular homicide, texting while driving

EMPORIA, Kan. (KSNT) — A Lyon County deputy was convicted of vehicular homicide on Wednesday in connection with an October 2012 crash that killed one person and injured another.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said that Tyler Blake Pettigrew, a 27-year-old from Emporia, was convicted of vehicular homicide, use of a wireless communications device while driving, speeding, and following too close.

Pettigrew was found not guilty of aggravated battery and driving left of center. He also was not convicted of an alternate charge of involuntary manslaughter.

The crash happened on Oct. 16, 2012 and led to the death of 59-year-old Mark Harrison. Pettigrew was off duty when the crash happened and he was arrested on a warrant on Nov. 20, 2015.

Judge Steve Hornbaker presided over the trial. Sentencing has been set for August 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Lyon County District Court.

The case was investigated by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Assistant Attorney General Greg Benefiel prosecuted the case.

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