BOISE - Almost nine months after 53-year-old Victor Haskell left work on his bicycle for the last time, the driver who hit him admitted fault in the crash.
Gavin Bradford Haley, 32, pleaded guilty in court Tuesday morning to felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death. He faces up to five years in prison at his Sept 12 sentencing.
Prosecutors say Haley had been drinking before his Land Rover clipped Haskell near 30th Avenue North and State Street just after midnight Sept. 25. Haley's lawyer said during the arraignment the suspect didn't realize he'd hit a person: the impact knocked Haskell into a a dip caused by construction, and his body was not found for eight hours.
Haley turned himself in to police the day after the crash.
Haskell was wearing a helmet when he was hit, and had lights on both the front and the back of his bicycle. His family said he was an avid cyclist and a dedicated member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Boise.