A Coal Valley man has been indicted on one count of reckless homicide in connection with the death of Leland S. Debord, who was struck while riding his bicycle at the Interstate 74-280 interchange in Moline in June.
A Rock Island County grand jury handed up an indictment against James S. Norton, 47, on Oct. 23.
Two other counts — failure to report a crash involving personal injury and failure to stop after a crash involving personal injury or death — were dismissed.
Reckless homicide is a Class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in prison.
Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee said Norton turned himself in on Friday and was released from the county jail after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond.
He will make an initial court appearance on Dec. 4, McGehee said.
Moline police were called to the scene at 6:22 a.m. June 16 and found a BMX bicycle that had crashed into the sidewall and remained on I-74.
Police say DeBord, 26, of Milan, had gone over the rail and sidewall and landed on I-280 and in traffic.
Police say it appeared that he had been “crashed off” the bridge by a vehicle.
According to the reckless homicide charge in the indictment, Norton was driving at a time when he “consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustifiable risk that he would fall asleep while driving" and fell asleep and struck Debord.
McGehee said Tuesday that it took some time to gather information, such as a toxicology report and the data from the “black box” in Norton’s car, to bring the case to the grand jury.
“You just want to be very thorough and very careful and you want to make sure you get all the information, especially when you’re going to be bringing it to the grand jury because they always have a lot of questions of law enforcement when you present to the grand jury,” he said. “It’s a very interesting process.”