Driver charged in Wisconsin pedestrian death

Posted Tuesday, May 27, 2014 --- 10:41 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A Merrill man is accused of being under the influence of drugs when he ran over and killed an 87-year-old pedestrian last October.

Forty-seven-year-old Evan Mooney is charged in Marathon County with four felonies, including vehicular homicide by use of a controlled substance and homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

According to police records, John Diktanas of Crivitz was walking along a road in Rothschild when he was struck by a passing vehicle around 3 p.m. on Oct. 28. Diktanas died at a hospital about four hours later.

WAOW-TV reports Mooney told investigators he took prescription drugs the morning of the crash.

Bail for Mooney was set at $30,000 Tuesday, and he remained in jail. Online court records do not list a defense attorney.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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