Since You Asked: No trial yet in crash that killed bicyclist
I’m trying to find out whatever happened in the criminal case against Lucas Patterson, who was arrested in July of last year in the death of a bicyclist near Phoenix?
— John, via phone message
Lucas Alan Prescott Patterson, 19, has yet to stand trial on vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and impaired driving charges accusing him in the crash that killed 84-year-old cyclist Sue Solomon Hutchinson of Talent.
On the morning of July 3, 2021, Hutchinson was riding her bike on Pioneer Road near Phoenix when Patterson allegedly struck Hutchinson with a vehicle and fled the scene.
In March of this year, a grand jury indicted Patterson on felony counts of first- and second-degree manslaughter and failing to perform duties of a driver to an injured person, along with a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
First-degree manslaughter carries a mandatory 10-year prison sentence, and second-degree manslaughter carries a mandatory six-year, three-month sentence.
The first-degree manslaughter charge alleges Patterson caused Hutchinson’s death “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life,” according to the grand jury’s indictment. The second-degree manslaughter charge alleges Patterson “unlawfully and recklessly” caused Hutchinson’s death.
The felony hit-and-run charge accuses Patterson of “knowing and/or having reason to believe that his vehicle was involved in a collision,” failed to stop his vehicle, failed to reasonably investigate what the vehicle struck and failed to remain at the scene of the collision until a police officer could arrive.
The misdemeanor impaired driving charge alleges he operated a vehicle while under the influence of “alcohol and/or cannabis or controlled substances.”
No trial date has been scheduled, but a pretrial conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.
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