Drunk driver gets 10 years in prison for killing cyclist

Riga District Court has sentenced a driver to ten years in prison for killing a cyclist in Salaspils, the agency LETA found out at the prosecutor's office on November 8.

The driver has also been stripped of his license for ten years, though it is not specified whether this would apply at the same time as the prison sentence.

This year, on February 18 in Salaspils, Miera Street, the accused man was speeding at 71 kilometers per hour where the permitted limit was 50 km/h. Before starting another vehicle overtaking manoeuvre, the accused drove into the opposite lane where he crashed into a bike.

The driver of the oncoming bike died in the accident.

The defendant did not provide first aid to the victim, did not call an ambulance, and left the scene.

It has been cleared in a pre-trial criminal trial that the accused man drove the vehicle while under the influence of 1.5 promilles of alcohol.

The accused will be able to appeal the conviction to Riga Regional Court.

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