• Thu September 15 2005
  • Posted Sep 15, 2005
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Polk County sheriff's deputies Thursday charged a Baxter man with killing a bicyclist four days after a hit-and-run. Brian Shaver, of Ankeny, died at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday when he was hit while riding his bike just east of Ankeny. Jade Ryan Perry, 34, of Baxter, appeared with his lawyer at the Polk County Jail. Perry faces two charges vehicular homicide and the charge of failing to give information and aid leaving the scene of an accident. A passerby found Shaver, but his bike was gone. Deputies say Perry took Shaver's bike and dumped it in a creek bed about 15 miles away. Deputies also say at some point he contacted a lawyer, and that lawyer called law enforcement. Investigators are piecing together a chain of events before and after the crash. They said it appears that at the time of the crash, Perry was drunk behind the wheel of his parents' Lincoln Continental. "He was driving the vehicle, that they did leave the scene of the accident, and that there's alcohol involved," said Chief John Hampel, of the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Perry is at the Polk County Jail. The vehicular homicide charge carries a 25-year prison term. Perry is scheduled to appear before a judge Friday morning to hear the charges against him.

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