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Motorist pleads guilty in crash that killed cyclist

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A Winnipeg man has pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run crash that killed a cyclist on Main Street.

Mike Haines, 27, admitted Thursday to a charge of careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act, and an additional count of leaving the scene of an accident under the Criminal Code.

The Crown dropped a more serious charge of criminal negligence causing death. Haines will be sentenced later this year and is free on bail.

The victim, Linda Preston, was riding her bike in the early-morning hours of June 17, 2010, when she was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Main Street and Sutherland Avenue. She was rushed to hospital but died of her injuries.

Defence lawyer Mike Cook told the Free Press his client never saw the woman in the dark, was not speeding or under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

Haines does admit to a few seconds of inattentiveness that had tragic results, said Cook.

Haines also panicked and fled the scene, but later gave a full statement to police admitting responsibility, he said. More facts about the case will be submitted at the sentencing hearing.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 7, 2012 A9

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