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UPDATE: Hit and run suspect charged with manslaughter

By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

An arrest has been made in a hit and run that took the life of 62-year-old Gregg Nicklas of Hickman last month.

James Gibbs, 31, of Panama, has been charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said Gibbs turned himself into authorities Tuesday.
 
"Lodged in jail for manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, then lodged and cited for careless driving, driving left to center," Wagner said.

Two days following the crash, Wagner said he got a call from Gibbs' attorney saying Gibbs may be the person responsible. Authorities then seized Gibbs' pickup in Panama.

"Gibbs' vehicle was damaged consistent with the crash damage we estimated," Wagner said.

According to court documents, surveillance video shows Gibbs drinking alcohol at a Hickman bar shortly before the crash. Those documents also say Gibbs told his boss the next day he might have caused the crash, but thought he had hit a deer.

Nicklas was out walking his dog around 11 p.m. on May 29 at the time of crash. Authorities said his wife found him in a ditch outside their home.

The legacy of the 62–year–old is left behind. Nicklas was married to his wife for 41 years. She told Channel 8 Eyewitness News they were high school sweethearts. They had five children together.

Nicklas was also the co–founder of Christian Heritage in Walton, a home for abused, neglected and abandoned children.
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