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Franklin Grove man cited in fatal crash

STEWARD – A Franklin Grove man who police say hit and killed a Steward bicyclist in July was cited for two traffic offenses.

Steven Brown, 37, was given a notice to appear in court Oct. 17 on charges of failure to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a bicyclist and failure to maintain a safe distance when passing a bicyclist.

Brown was westbound on Perry Road in Steward about 6:12 p.m. July 16 when he hit Richard Kalla, 73, of Steward, who also was westbound, Lee County deputies said. Kalla died at the scene.

There was no evidence Brown was texting, and neither drugs nor alcohol was a factor in the crash, Sheriff John Varga said Thursday.

Kalla was not wearing a helmet or reflective gear, Varga said.

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