No charges made in Jan. 5 pedestrian fatality accident

By The Mercury

No charges will be pressed in the early morning accident in which a 71-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on Anderson Avenue.

Riley County Police Department officials announced Thursday that they have concluded their investigation and determined the incident to be accidental.

The accident occurred on Jan. 5, at about 6:50 a.m. in the 5900 block of Anderson Avenue. Sgt. Brad Ingalls said Carl Schurle, of Manhattan, was walking eastbound on the road, when he was struck from behind by a 1991 Oldsmobile being driven by Jacob Brazzle, 18, of Manhattan, who was also traveling eastbound.

Both men lived near the area.

Ingalls said Brazzle did not realize what he had struck in the dark, and, thinking it was a deer, discovered Schurle after circling around to investigate.

Brazzle, who did not have a cell phone, called the police from the nearest residence before returning to the scene of the accident, Ingalls said.

He said Schurle had a habit of walking from his residence to Manhattan after his car had broken down several months prior.

He also said that there have been previous reports of Schurle walking in the road.

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