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UPD: Decision on charges in judge's bicycle death could take weeks

Published October 25, 2013 9:46 pm

Bicycling jurist killed when driver veered onto Mill Creek Canyon shoulder.
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It likely will be next month before investigators submit any recommendations for charges in the Thursday auto-bicycle crash that killed 3rd District Judge Anthony Quinn.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said Friday that the painstaking process of accident scene reconstruction, witness interviews and evidence-gathering had just begun.

"There are no charges, yet," Hoyal said. "Whenever we have a major accident like this, our accident reconstruction team will submit a report and screen possible charges with the [Salt Lake County] District Attorney's Office."

That process could take "at least a few weeks," he said.

Awaiting the results will not only be Quinn's family but the 78-year-old man who was driving the car that struck the 60-year-old bicycling jurist at about 1:40 p.m. as he rode up Mill Creek Canyon near 4600 East.

Initial reports indicated the out-of-state man may have been distracted by the autumn scenery.

Hoyal said the driver veered out of the down-canyon lane, across the oncoming lane and into the shoulder, where Quinn was riding.

Pending the outcome of the investigation, the driver's name was not being released.

Quinn was appointed to the 3rd District Court in September 1997 by then-Gov. Mike Leavitt. He served Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.

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