Drunken driver sentenced to 8 years after killing bicyclist
By Michael Sangiacomo, The Plain Dealer
Charles Wilson, 36, lost his driver's license for life and fined $6,150 for the death of Lawrence Yelding, 58, of Akron. He also pleaded guilty to drunken driving, the 6-month sentence will run at the same time as the 8-year sentence.
Police said Wilson's drove a pick-up truck through a stop sign on East Miller Avenue, then struck a utility pole and Yelding's bicycle.
Yelding died in Akron General Medical Center of his injuries.
Police arrested Wilson later, hiding behind the home of a friend. His DNA matched blood found in the truck, police said.
On Thursday he explained to Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Parker that before the 9:44 p.m. crash, he had spent the evening drinking at home and a neighborhood bar.