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Driver pleads guilty in Denver cyclist death

The driver pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge during a court appearance on Friday morning.

DENVER — The driver involved in the death of a 37-year-old cyclist in July has pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge during a court appearance Friday. 

The Denver District Attorney's Office said David Anton pleaded guilty to the highest charge of careless driving resulting in death. 

Anton will be sentenced on Jan. 24, 2020. 

“This was a terrible tragedy that impacted Ms. Bounds' family as well as the broader Denver community," said Denver DA Beth McCann. "We are pleased that Mr. Anton has accepted responsibility for his actions and that the cycling community is bringing attention to the need for motorists to be vigilant in watching for cyclists.”

Alexis Bounds, 37, a mother, died after being hit by Anton who turned into her with a dump truck at the corner of Bayaud Avenue and South Marion Parkway. 

Police said he failed to yield right of way to the bicyclist moving through the intersection in a designated bike lane, hitting her. 

Brian Weiss, a bike attorney, said that if there aren't factors like drugs or alcohol, a hit and run, or texting while driving - careless driving is the correct charge. 

"The reason why they went for careless in this case is probably because they didn’t have that level of intent to prove it was reckless,” said Weiss.

Bounds later died from her injuries at a hospital.

“Alexis was a beautiful, vibrant, intelligent woman who lived for her family, her husband and her two children,” said Alexis' mom Peggy Boardman.

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