Charges filed in death of boy on cycle |

Charges filed in death of boy on cycle

More than three months after his sport-utility vehicle collided with a young boy on a motorcycle, Dale Traylor appeared in court Monday to face charges of vehicular manslaughter.

Nine-year-old Tyler Lason was riding his small motorcycle near his home on Creek View Drive on April 10 when a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Traylor, 42, of Penn Valley, came around a bend and the two collided.

Calls to Traylor’s home by The Union were not returned Monday. Larry Lason, the victim’s father, said he was overtaken by the recent events to his family and could not talk about his reaction to the court case against Traylor. Larry Lason’s mother, Patricia Lason, died Sunday in an accident on Highway 49.

Traylor and Larry Lason are currently being sued by Lason’s ex wife, Suzette Steele. Her suit alleges Larry Lason was negligent in watching over their son at the time of the crash and that Traylor was under the influence of alcohol when he got behind the wheel of his vehicle.

According to a California Highway Patrol crash report, Traylor was found to have a blood-alcohol level below .08 – the state’s legal limit for drivers.

Traylor is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 19 for a felony conference.

Deputy District Attorney Dave Walters earlier said that the criminal charges against Traylor took three months to be filed because the CHP did not send over its investigative report until June 23.

Senior staff writer Dave Moller contributed to this story

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