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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to driver who fatally struck Del Campo High grad in 2004?

Q: What happened to the man who was suspected of running over James Hurst in Citrus Heights 10 years ago?

Jennifer, Sacramento

A: Ryan Lee Hansken was charged with one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the May 24, 2004, death of 19-year-old James Dee Hurst, but the charge was later dismissed, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

The incident occurred about 8 p.m. Hansken, then 22 years old, was northbound on Van Maren Lane, south of Antelope Road, traveling about 49 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to the Citrus Heights police report. The car veered to the right side of the roadway and struck two plastic garbage cans, then veered back into the northbound lane, crossed into the southbound lane and continued into Hurst’s driveway.

Hurst was struck as he was standing in front of his mother’s Plymouth Breeze. The force of the impact pushed the Plymouth and another car parked there more than 20 feet into the street. Hurst was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where he died the the following day.

Hansken reportedly told police that he either was asleep when the crash occurred or lost consciousness.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, the prosecutor said the facts in the case didn’t support a felony charge. Hansken was speeding but not going fast enough to endanger others. Although there was alcohol in his blood, it wasn’t enough to prove that he was impaired, the prosecutor said.

Hurst was a 2003 Del Campo High School graduate and a catcher for the school’s baseball team. He was a second-team All-Capital Athletic League player in his senior year.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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