Woman Pleads Guilty in Fatal Bicycle Hit-and-Run

5 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, April 01 2014 Apr 1, 2014 Tuesday, April 01, 2014 2:38:39 PM CDT April 01, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A woman who hit and killed a bicyclist in Springfield last year pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Shannon Smith will be sentenced Sept. 25 for her role in the death of Zachary Gibson near Missouri State University last November.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Smith told police she was fleeing from an ex-boyfriend when she hit Gibson and drove away.

Prosecutors have charged the ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old Blake Basten, with second-degree murder. Court records say Basten flashed a handgun and used a stolen car to chase Smith's car, at one point hitting her from behind.

 

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