Local Driver Behind Deadly Hit-and-Run Pleads Guilty

SEATTLE (AP/CBS Seattle) — The man who police say drove off after striking and killing a Seattle bicyclist with his car last year has pleaded guilty.

Erlin Garcia-Reyes, 28, of suburban Normandy Park entered his plea Tuesday in King County Superior Court to a charge of felony hit-and-run in the death of Michael Wang.

Garcia-Reyes faces 31 to 41 months when he his sentenced on August 10, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutors will recommend the maximum.

The 44-year-old Wang was a photographer who worked for PATH, a Seattle-based world health organization. He commuted by bike to his home in suburban Shoreline and was on his way home when he was hit by an SUV on July 28, 2011.

Garcia-Reyes was arrested in June.

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