1/17/2019 12:40:52 AM

Pa Kou Xiong charged with Homicide in Texting and Driving crash

APPLETON — Police have arrested a Little Chute driver who struck a bicyclist in July while typing a text message. The bicyclist later died from his injuries.

Pa Kou Xiong, 19, was charged Friday in Outagamie County Court with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Appleton Police arrested her Friday evening.

Police were called about 12:15 a.m. to W. Kimberly Avenue and S. Wilbur Street in Kimberly and found James C. Weiss of Kimberly unconscious in the road. He was taken to Neenah’s Theda Clark Medical Center and died Aug. 6 as the result of injuries suffered in the July 28 crash.

Xiong, who was traveling east on Kimberly Avenue, told police she was returning from work and didn’t see the bicyclists before the crash happened. She had a driver’s license for about four months.

Xiong said she had received and read a text message moments before the crash, but wasn’t certain whether she had replied, the criminal complaint says.

Police reviewed Xiong’s phone records and found an exchange of text messages in the moments leading up to the crash, including one less than a minute before her 911 call. The last message wasn’t completed or sent.

A witness told police he saw Xiong’s car suddenly drift right before sparks came from the passenger side of her car.

A crash reconstruction specialist determined Xiong was traveling at a speed of 28 mph to 32 mph in a 25 mph zone. Evidence suggests that Xiong didn’t brake before striking Weiss’ bicycle, the complaint says.

Xiong faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

Pa Kou Xiong
Pa Kou Xiong

Jim Weiss, 46,
Bicyclist Jim Weiss, 46

Pa Kou Xiong charged with Homicide in Texting and Driving crashPa Kou Xiong charged with Homicide in Texting and Driving crash

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