Ashley Bell charged after hitting, killing bicyclist while using hands-free device

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A woman accused of hitting and killing a bike rider in a vehicle accident is facing charges.

Police officers said the bicyclist, Tony Ray Rumple, was riding his bike southbound on Coffee Road Sept. 18. He was hit by a car driven by Ashley Bell, officials said.

Rumple was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Bell was talking of the phone using a legal hands-free device. It has not been determined if that caused her to collide with Rumple, officials said.

The Bakersfield Police said they have completed their investigation and have sent the case over to the District Attorney’s office for review.

Bell is facing one misdemeanor count of non-negligent, non-alcohol-related vehicular manslaughter.

Her bond is set for $5,000.

California law prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. Motorists over 18 may use a hands-free device.


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