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Norfolk officers charged after death

Two Norfolk police officers face involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving charges stemming from an accident that killed a bicyclist.

A grand jury indicted 24-year-old Derek M. Folston and 25-year-old Joey G. Bennett Jr. on Wednesday.

Norfolk police say a police vehicle hit Donnell Worsley on July 25 as he rode his bicycle on Brambleton Avenue. Worsley died on Sept. 24.

Bennett's attorney, John Babineau, says the incident was an unfortunate accident but not a criminal act.

Police spokesman Chris Amos says Folston and Bennett remain on administrative duty.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | November 4, 2010; 7:36 AM ET
Categories:  Traffic Accidents, Virginia  
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FCPD should take note - Officers held accountable. What a concept.

Posted by: Nellie5 | November 4, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I think knowing all the details is important. Only one officer actually hit the guy and the other had stopped his vehicle. Why both were charged is very odd.

The guy on the bike was 1) intoxicated, 2) Illegally crossing the road, 3) wearing dark clothing. He was a recipe for disaster all on his own.

"Bennett's attorney, Jon Babineau, said the officers were driving in separate vehicles along a dark stretch of Brambleton Avenue near Norfolk State University.

Babineau said Bennett spotted Worsley, who was wearing dark clothes, cycling across the street. Bennett stopped his car, Babineau said. Folston, who was driving behind Bennett, pulled around Bennett's stopped cruiser and struck Worsley, he said."

Posted by: AceVentura | November 4, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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