Man sentenced following hit-and-run killing of bicyclist

November 17, 2018

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 32-year-old man who killed an 18-year-old bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash in western Washington has been sentenced to eight years and five months in prison.

Bradley Aaron Shepard received the sentence Friday in Pierce County Court after previously pleading guilty to vehicular homicide.

Shepard killed Eric J. Schachtel on Jan. 19 as Schachtel biked to work in Roy.

Court documents say Shepard was driving an estimated 80 mph when he came over a rise and struck Schachtel in a head-on collision. Shepard fled but eventually returned.

Shepard at the sentencing apologized.

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