Guilty plea in cyclist death

18 11 2008

Just in case you missed the Coloradoan this weekend.

Daniel Price, who hit and killed cyclist Rebecca Allen with his car in July, pleaded guilty Friday to vehicular homicide under a plea agreement.

Price, 21, will likely receive eight years in prison, five years mandatory parole and two years of supervised probation under the stipulated sentence.

The maximum sentence for vehicular homicide, a Class 3 felony, is 12 years and a $750,000 fine.

Price is a former student-athlete at Rocky Mountain High School, where he graduated in 2006.

Allen, 32, worked for Colorado State University’s journalism department.
Price was 20 when, in the early morning of July 22, his car hit Allen, 32, and cycling partner Jennifer Garvey, 36, near the intersection of West Drake Road and Moore Lane. Garvey was injured in the crash.

Blood tests showed Price’s blood-alcohol limit was above the legal level for someone old enough to drink, which Price was not.

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a driving-under-the-influence charge against Price, though the vehicular homicide count includes elements of driving under the influence, District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Linda Jensen said.

Price also pleaded guilty to careless driving causing death or injury, a Class 1 traffic misdemeanor that carried a maximum sentence of one year in county jail.

Price spoke softly as he answered Judge Jolene Blair’s questions on the plea agreement.

The courtroom overflowed with friends and family on both sides. Family and friends of Price and Allen declined to comment after the hearing.

Price’s sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16. He’ll remain out on a cash bond until sentencing.

An October hearing revealed that Price was not only intoxicated but also had THC, the active compound in marijuana, in his blood when the fatal collision occurred.

According to court records, Price had blood-alcohol levels of 0.091, 0.078 and 0.067 in the hours after the crash. The tests did not reveal the amount of marijuana Price was accused of consuming, nor when he is accused of smoking it.

Garvey, who works as a coordinator for the applied human sciences department, has said Price left the scene of the collision but returned a short time later. She has said she heard him talking on the phone, saying, “I told you, man, I shouldn’t have been out driving.”


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