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Kendallville man sentenced for death of Topeka cyclist

A Kendallville man convicted in the 2012 death of a Topeka bicyclist was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Zane Scott, 29, was sentenced by LaGrange County Superior Court Judge George Brown for reckless homicide. Two years of the sentence were suspended and Scott was fined $300.

On August 2, 2012, Wilmer L. Herschberger, 29, of Topeka was riding his bicycle on CR 700S when he was struck from behind by a van driven by Scott. Herschberger was pronounced dead at the scene. Scott did not stop.

Witnesses told authorities that the van had been seen weaving back and forth in the roadway and told officers it was a blue van. Police searched area factory parking lots and found Scott’s van damaged and arrested Scott later that day.

Scott did admit later to causing the accident, but told officers that he didn’t know what he had hit at the time.

Two counts against Scott, causing death while operating a motor vehicle with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in the blood and failure to return to the scene of an accident resulting in death, were dismissed.