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Drunk driver gets 10 years for killing bicyclist

Posted: 11:57 AM, Mar 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-12 13:57:13-05
Drunk driver gets 10 years for killing bicyclist
Drunk driver gets 10 years for killing bicyclist

A 20-year-old man who was driving drunk when he hit and killed a father who was riding his bicycle on Lookout Mountain Road near Golden has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Zachary Scott Strnad, of Aurora, was sentenced Friday for the Aug. 21 crash that killed 38-year-old Thomas Flanagan, of Golden. Strnad previously pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and DUI.

Investigators said after the crash that Strnad passed at least two vehicles on the left over a double-yellow line on a blind uphill left curve when he hit the bicycle head-on. His blood-alcohol content was 0.204 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving, and he had marijuana in his system.

Flanagan, who worked for the National Park Service, is survived by his wife and young son.

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