Friday, May 30, 2003

Crash hearing delayed


Wildlife officer was killed in May 19 accident

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COVINGTON - A Florence man accused of causing a fatal wreck that killed a veteran state law enforcement official made a brief appearance before a Kenton County judge Thursday afternoon.

Lloyd C. Robinson, 56, of Florence requested his preliminary hearing be postponed until further investigation into the crash was completed. The postal worker faces felony charges of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree fleeing and evading police. He could be sentenced to prison for a maximum of 10 years if convicted of the more serious crime.

Kenton County District Judge Douglas Grothaus rescheduled the preliminary hearing to 1:30 p.m. June 26. The purpose of a preliminary hearing is for a judge to determine whether there is enough evidence to bind over a case to a grand jury.

Wildlife and Boating Officer Douglas W. Bryant, 62, of Villa Hills was killed May 19 after crashing his pickup while chasing Robinson for a traffic violation, according to court records. The wreck occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 71/75 near the Buttermilk Pike exit in Fort Wright.

Investigators have not said what traffic violation Bryant was attempting to stop Robinson for committing. It is also unclear why Robinson allegedly fled. Robinson has been free on bond since May 22, when he posted $50,000 property bond.

More than 300 of Bryant's friends, relatives and fellow law enforcement officials packed First Baptist Church Saturday to mourn his death.

E-mail jhannah@enquirer.com




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