Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

June 1, 2017

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Drunk driver given maximum sentence of 12 years for killing cyclist

by VeloClub

A female drunk driver who hit a cyclist in Boulder County and then left him to die has been given the maximum sentence of a dozen years behind bars over the matter. The 25-year-old Callie Kuhasz was handed the prison sentence in Boulder District Court on Tuesday, but the victim’s wife said that nothing could undo what had been done.

Brianne Davis, the wife of the deceased rider Bill Davis, said that although Kahasz was given the maximum sentence, that it still felt like a ‘slap in the face,’ because nothing can bring him back. She said that justice can never be served.

“I feel like the only way that could have happened is if she had swerved and missed him and driven into some inanimate object and either hurt herself or killed herself,” she said at a post-sentencing press conference, according to The Daily Camera. “That really would have been the only way.”

On June 25 Kuhasz swerved into the bike lane and struck Davis, who was riding with a friend on Jay Road, north of Boulder. She fled the scene and Davis died at the crash. In March she had pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide and faced between four and 12 years in prison.

Her father Chris Kuhasz claimed that she had been painted as an ‘evil villain’ by the media. He caused controversy when he appeared to blame Davis for what happened. He said that riding on a road next to a ‘3,000-pound vehicle’ was dangerous, whether or not alcohol was involved. “If you do ride on the open road, be aware about what can happen,” he said. “You have a responsibility to your family.”

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