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Kankakee man charged in fatal Manhattan Township crash involving lawnmower

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 9:57 a.m. CDT

MANHATTAN TOWNSHIP – A Kankakee man has been arrested after a fatal crash involving a riding lawnmower.

Zevez A. Murrell, 31, was arrested on charges of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

State police said about 12:48 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Knepper, 68, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was cutting grass in the 23000 block of Route 52 when he was struck by a southbound Toyota Camry that left the roadway. Knepper was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:25 p.m.

Murrell, of the 300 block of North Wildwood Avenue, was booked into the Will County jail and is being held on $500,000 bond.

Murrell was also ticketed for improper lane usage, transporting open alcohol and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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