Driver guilty in cyclist's death

Staff WriterSeptember 25, 2008 

— A driver accused of crushing a bicyclist to death on Pleasant Green Road on June 3 pleaded guilty this week to misdemeanor death by vehicle and driving without insurance.

Ryan Idyle, 26, will serve 45 days in jail. The remainder of his eight-month sentence is suspended as long as he abides by the rules of his five-year probation.

The victim, Clive Sweeney, 59, was an avid cyclist who rode about 40 miles a day. Idyle lost control of his Honda Passport traveling north, crossed the center line and pushed Sweeney's body up against another vehicle traveling south behind the cyclist, according to prosecutor Steve Motta.

Prosecutors dropped several other charges against Idyle in exchange for the guilty plea.

Idyle's probation officer will work out restitution for Paula Garcia, the injured driver of the other vehicle, and Brenda Condrin, Sweeney's widow. But Idyle, who was also charged with driving without registration or an emissions inspection, is unlikely to be able to pay much, Motta said.

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