Driver Who Struck and Killed Longmont City Employee Sentenced to Jail, Community Service

November 7, 2018


The driver of a pickup truck that struck and killed a bicycling Longmont city employee in June 2016 pleaded guilty this summer and was sentenced to 39 days in jail and 500 hours of community service.

Felipe Peralta-Alvarez, 26, pleaded guilty to both careless driving resulting in death and driving without a license. He was sentenced in May to 39 days in jail for the careless driving charge, which he had already served, four years of probation and 500 hours of community service.

Peralta-Alvarez told Longmont police he thought the traffic light was green as he drove west on 17th Avenue . At the same time, Shane Swope, 46, was crossing northbound on Gay Street. He collided with the front driver’s side of the pickup truck, which was travelling 40 mph.

Swope was a senior civil engineer in Longmont’s Public Works & Natural Resources Department.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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