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Guilty plea expected in bicyclist's death

Posted July 10, 2008

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— A North Carolina State University junior facing a felony charge in the death of a bicyclist could plead guilty next month.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden said Thursday he expects Brian Anthony Reid, 21, to plead guilty to felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired in the April 23 death of Nancy Leidy.

Leidy, 60, died after Reid struck her with his pickup truck while she was riding her bicycle on Nazareth Street near N.C. State's campus.

According to court records, Reid, registered a .12 in an alcohol breath test and admitted to police that he had been drinking when he struck Leidy. Authorities said he had been celebrating his 21st birthday.

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  • amlebede Jul 10, 2008

    I think that a plea bargain may be possible in this situation. DUI is sentenced based on levels 1/2/3/4/5 and one of the factors that determines the levels is serious injury or death resulting from accident. I would suggest that the ADA should consider dropping the Death by Vehicle felony charge in return for him pleading guilty to Level 1 or 2 DUI. Level 1 DUI carries 90 days mandatory active sentence (and upto 2 years sentence either suspended or active). DUI is one of the few misdemeanor offenses that result in active jail sentences. Two years in jail is the same punishment as the maximum presumptive sentence for the felony manslaughter charge in NC (for a first time offender). However, he will not have a felony charge with his record, allowing him to pursue his military and academic career once he serves the time for his stupid adolescent mistake. Plus I believe that charging him with both offenses is slightly redundant and both offenses carry license revocation.

  • wcnc Jul 10, 2008

    Hopefully he will plead guilty, get his punishment and move on with his life. This woman seems to have been someone who would've wanted that for him.

    It's "nice" so see someone actually taking some responsibility. Obviously, this young man made a horrible decision and will hopefully never drink and drive again.