Dump-truck driver convicted of hitting, killing Boulder bicyclist

BOULDER, Colo. - A dump-truck driver has been convicted of careless driving resulting in death after he allegedly hit and killed a bicyclist near Boulder.

The Daily Camera reports the jury handed down the verdict Friday against Christopher Loven, who is scheduled to be sentenced May 2.

Investigators say Loven was hauling a trailer with his dump truck when he struck and killed 73-year-old Eugene "Phil" Howrey on Lefthand Canyon Drive on June 17, 2011.

Loven was ticketed in 2009 on suspicion of reckless endangerment after a cyclist said Loven used his truck to push him into oncoming traffic. Court records show Loven pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to probation and community service in that case.

On Friday, he told Howrey's family he never wanted to hurt anyone and that he contemplated suicide many times over the past two years, according to the newspaper.

"The only reason I took this case to trial, it wasn't because I wanted to win," Loven said in a quote provided by the newspaper. "I wanted the family to know what happened that day."

According to the Camera, Loven, 47, faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine in the case. Careless driving resulting in death is the lowest criminal charge possible in an accident that kills a person.