The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 4:40 pm

Man charged in biker's death

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man was charged Wednesday with driving drunk when he struck and killed a motorcyclist in late May.

Dean F. Hazelett, 67, of the 1700 block of Third Street, was charged in Allen Superior Court with causing death when operating a vehicle while intoxicated and reckless homicide. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Hazelett is accused of turning in front of and hitting a motorcycle at Spring Street and Rumsey Avenue May 25. The crash killed the motorcyclist, James K. Markey, 27, who died at a hospital.

Markey was traveling east on Spring while Hazelett was driving west, police said.

Hazelett had a blood alcohol level of 0.154%, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08%, according to a probable cause affidavit written by officer Kyle Hartman of the Fort Wayne Police Department. Hazelett's blood was drawn about 9:20 p.m., about two hours after the crash, the affidavit said.

Hazelett cooperated with police during the investigation. He needed help walking and his eyes were watery and bloodshot, the affidavit said.

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