The Missoula man who fatally crashed his car into a 50-year-old bicyclist before fleeing the scene last April was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in the Montana State Prison, the maximum punishment allowed by law.
Anthony Michael Dailey, 23, admitted last month to a felony count of vehicular homicide while under the influence for his role in the Toole Avenue collision that killed Stacie Ann DeWolf.
Dailey also pleaded guilty to a host of charges relating to a separate hit-and-run crash in Bonner that occurred less than 15 minutes before he struck the cyclist.
Breath tests after Dailey’s arrest registered his blood alcohol content at 0.185, more than twice the legal limit. Dailey’s guilty pleas were not the result of a plea bargain.
After eyewitnesses placed Dailey at the scene of both collisions, Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg filed additional charges of negligent endangerment, failure to yield on a through highway, failure to carry proof of insurance, drunken driving, failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving injuries, failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving a death and driving without a license.
For those offenses, District Judge Doug Harkin handed Dailey three years in the Missoula County jail, which will run concurrent to the three-decade state prison term.
…One witness told police she was taking a walk in the area when a silver car swerved into DeWolf, launching the woman 15 feet into the air. The victim had been riding her bike in the designated lane near the sidewalk.