BOISE -- A Boise man who struck and killed a cyclist with his SUV in 2013 has pleaded guilty, bringing an end to a case that stretched on for nearly three years.
Gavin Haley, 34, entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor inattentive driving on Monday, the same day his trial was set to begin. The charge was reduced from misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter as part of a plea deal.
Haley was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 65 days suspended and credit for four days in time served. Prosecutor Scott Bandy said Haley will spend three days behind bars before being released, and will be allowed to serve the remaining time in his sentence on work release. He was also ordered to pay a total of $457.50 in fines and court costs.
The victim, 53-year-old Victor Haskell of Garden City, was pedaling home from work when he was hit by Haley's Range Rover at 30th and State streets just before midnight on Sept. 26, 2013. The collision threw Haskell into a small pit caused by sidewalk construction, where his body was discovered the next morning. He died from blunt force trauma, the coroner ruled.
Witnesses say Haley got out of his vehicle and looked around before driving away. He turned himself in to police the day after Haskell's death was discovered.
Defense attorney Jon Cox said "a perfect storm" of events - darkness, rain, the construction and a lack of lights on Haskell's bicycle - all contributed to the crash.
Prosecutors have said Haley admitted to drinking before the wreck. He told police he did not realize what he struck was a person, and did not see the injured cyclist.
Cox said he believed reducing the charge was the right decision.
"It's just a tragic accident," he said. "Sad, sad, sad, no question, but there wasn't any criminal culpability."
Originally charged with felony vehicular manslaughter, Haley's first trial in 2015 ended in a hung jury. Jurors told the judge they were unable to reach a decision after nine hours of deliberation.
The prosecution re-filed the manslaughter charge in November, this time as a misdemeanor.
In addition to the jail time, Haley will spend two years on unsupervised probation.