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Man charged with striking, killing bicyclist, then leaving

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A criminal complaint says witnesses told investigators a pickup truck was being driven erratically before it struck and killed a bicyclist in Dane County.

The complaint filed Thursday against Kevin Meister charges the 35-year-old Brooklyn man with hit and run resulting in death and second-degree reckless homicide. Thirty-three-year-old Shelton Berel, of Madison, was biking in the town of Oregon on Aug. 5 when he was struck. The complaint says a crash analysis indicated Meister may have been driving on the wrong side of the road.

The complaint says Meister told officials he thought he hit a deer, but was late for work so he kept on going.

Meister’s attorney, Daryl Jensen, wants his client’s bail money returned, saying he has a limited criminal record and a steady work history.

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