Man charged in Sunday deadly hit-and-run crash of cyclist in the Northland

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A St. Joseph, Missouri man is facing charges in connection to a hit-and-run crash earlier this week in the Northland that left a bicyclist dead.

Clay County prosecutors charged Brian Zug with DWI causing death and leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death.

According to court documents, the incident happened just before 2 a.m. on Sunday in the area of 81st Terrace and North Oak Trafficway in Kansas City, Missouri.

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The driver of a silver Ford F-150 was going south down North Oak when he hit the bicyclist near the 82nd Street intersection, according to court documents.

The bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown off and died at the scene. KCPD has still not released the identity of the bicyclist.

Court documents say the driver of the pickup truck drove away from the scene until police caught up around 79th Street and North Oak and arrested him. The driver, identified as Zug, and the passenger were not injured in the crash.

A witness stated she was also traveling south on North Oak and slowed to allow Zug to merge into her lane to avoid the cyclist, but he never slowed or moved over, struck the cyclist and continued south where he pulled over into a strip mall parking lot. The witness then called police while watching the suspect vehicle.

Court documents say investigators detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Zug’s breath and his speech was slurred.

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Zug told detectives he had been at the Kansas City Chiefs game all day where he consumed multiple alcoholic drinks. He and his passenger left the game and went to a bar in the Northland where they consumed additional alcoholic beverages. After leaving the bar they were traveling back to their hotel for the night when the crash occurred.

Court documents say Zug admitted to consuming multiple alcoholic beverages throughout the day and was so intoxicated he was unaware he struck and killed a bicyclist, but believed he was in a collision with another vehicle while continuing to drive from the area before his truck became disabled.

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Zug is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. for a bond reduction hearing.

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