- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A judge has dismissed the case against an elderly man accused of crashing into and killing a motorcyclist while driving on the wrong side of the road in Basalt.

John Walls, who was 89 at the time of the Aug. 23 crash that killed 53-year-old Patrick Dunn, of Basalt, had faced charges of careless driving causing death, reckless endangerment and a traffic-lane violation.

The Aspen Times reports (https://goo.gl/bCJY5Q ) Pitkin County Judge Erin-Fernandez Ely threw out the case Tuesday after hearing that the Carbondale man is under a Garfield County court order not to drive.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys had filed motions to dismiss the case based on evaluations that determined Walls was mentally incompetent to stand trial because he has dementia and problems hearing.


Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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