Charge Reduced in Fatal Bicyclist Collision in Boise
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors have reduced a charge to a misdemeanor against a southwest Idaho man accused of hitting and killing a cyclist with his sport-utility vehicle.
The decision by Ada County prosecutors filed Wednesday follows a mistrial in June after a jury couldn't reach unanimous decision on whether 33-year-old Gavin Haley of Boise was guilty of a felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Haley now faces a charge of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. Authorities say Haley struck and killed 53-year-old Victor Haskell on a darkened section of State Street in September 2013.
Haley turned himself in the next day after Haskell's body was discovered in a small pit caused by construction. Haley's attorney says Haley knew he collided with something but didn't realize it was a person.