- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - An 89-year-old man accused of crashing into and killing a motorcyclist in Basalt has been deemed mentally incompetent, putting the criminal case against him in limbo.

Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan told a judge Tuesday that prosecutors need to figure out what to next given the Colorado Mental Health Institute’s conclusion on John Walls of Carbondale.

Walls is charged with careless driving causing death and reckless endangerment in the August crash that killed 53-year-old Patrick Dunn of Basalt. Police say Walls crossed over into oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 82 and hit Dunn head-on.

The Aspen Daily News (https://bit.ly/13yi4YB ) reports Walls failed a driving test after the crash and lost his license.

Dunn’s family plans to tell the judge how they would like to proceed at a hearing next month.

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Information from: Aspen Daily News, https://www.aspendailynews.com


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