Judge gives former Berkley councilman community service, fine for hit-and-run crash

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published June 8, 2018

 During an investigation into a hit-and-run crash Jan. 1, the Berkley Public Safety Department took this photo of a Toyota that investigators said belonged to former Berkley City Councilman Alan Kideckel.

During an investigation into a hit-and-run crash Jan. 1, the Berkley Public Safety Department took this photo of a Toyota that investigators said belonged to former Berkley City Councilman Alan Kideckel.

File photo provided by Berkley Public Safety Department

 Police said that Kideckel struck this Mazda while driving his Toyota Jan. 1.

Police said that Kideckel struck this Mazda while driving his Toyota Jan. 1.

File photo provided by Berkley Public Safety Department

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BERKLEY — Former Berkley City Councilman Alan Kideckel pleaded no contest to leaving the scene of an accident stemming from a Jan. 1 hit-and-run crash.

Appearing before Judge Derek Meinecke June 8 at the 44th District Court, Kideckel was given an immediate sentence of 50 hours of community service and $1,125 in fines.

Meinecke also delayed the remainder of Kideckel’s sentence to Jan. 2, 2019, so the court can monitor his progress for the remaining year to make sure he stays on track. He is not to commit any criminal infractions during this time, nor consume alcohol or controlled substances. If everything is taken care of, the judge said, no jail time or probation would be issued.

With his plea of no contest to the misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident, Kideckel also had a charge of failing to yield — a civil infraction — dropped by the state prosecutor.

At around 2:07 a.m. Jan 1, Kideckel, according to the Berkley Public Safety Department police report, struck a white Mazda with two people inside — one of whom was pregnant — after he failed to stop his Toyota Camry at a stop sign at the intersection of Oakshire Avenue and Beverly Boulevard. He then left the scene of the accident, according to the report.

Berkley officers were able to find Kideckel’s Camry in the driveway of his home and match it to pieces of a vehicle found at the accident scene. They attempted to contact him by knocking on his door, but the knocks went unanswered. Kideckel went to the department the following day to discuss the accident.

According to the report, Kideckel admitted to hitting the vehicle, but he thought it continued traveling to Greenfield Road, so he left the scene as well.

After news of the hit-and-run broke later in the month, Kideckel resigned from the Berkley City Council on Jan. 29.

Kideckel’s attorney, Trevor Garrison, said in the courtroom that Kideckel’s actions on Jan. 1 were a “momentary lapse in judgement.”

Meinecke said he was frustrated with the incident, as there was a cloud hanging over how the event went down and the uncertainty of what happened that night. He said that he couldn’t go with “simply fines and cost” and that he needed some period of time to monitor Kideckel.

The judge said Kideckel needs to show that he is the person that his supporters said he was in letters to the court.

Kideckel, who it was noted paid an undisclosed amount in restitution to the couple he hit, was choked up as he apologized for his actions.

“I regret my decision of that night,” he said, while also saying that he regretted not getting hold of the police sooner. “I’m sorry for everything.”