Montana Driver sentenced to 30 Years

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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.

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9 Replies to “Montana Driver sentenced to 30 Years”

  1. True, a shame, but people die all the time. Right now, in fact, someone is dying. And now dead. I guess I’d rather do it riding a bike than doing most any other activity.

    Take heart knowing that when the petroleum coffers empty, and traffic takes to the sky, we cyclists will be left to the roads along with the donkeys, pedestrians and armored tanks.

    I can’t wait for industrial armageddon.

  2. Well finally something on here that resembles some hope that people who hit cyclists will go to jail. I know that if he wasn’t under the influence then this would probably only been a three year sentence for felony hit and run or something like that but it makes me feel better all the same.
    As for industrial armageddon it is still always going to be our fault in the eyes of the cops.
    “But the goddamn donkey swerved in front of me”
    “It is a donkey, jackass, you should know that they don’t walk straight. Here is your ticket for passing a donkey on the right and, impeding traffic with this accident and me being here talking to you.”

  3. …justice, ya, but it’s one fucking guy & this shit goes on how often around this country ???…ok, ok, it’s a step in the right direction…

  4. So does vehicular homicide carry a lighter penalty than plain old homicide? I guess I should plan to bump off all my future victims with a Subaru instead of a Glock…

  5. better than nothing. maybe a precident will be set and before I die a bitter old crotchity bastart, we might have a chance.

  6. I can’t say for other states but the penalty for VH is significantly less than for straight Homicide here in TX.