Truck driver sentenced for killing bicyclist

  • Updated: September 24, 2012 - 9:08 PM

A 28-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced to prison Monday for striking and killing a bicyclist who was on his way to synagogue last fall.

Wesley Gubbin was sentenced to 41 months in prison. He pleaded guilty last month to criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Thomas Malloy, 61, who was making the 5-mile ride from his Minneapolis home to a Jewish Sabbath observance in St. Paul. Malloy, an avid cyclist, was crossing the intersection of Franklin Avenue and West River Parkway at about 11 a.m. on Nov. 12 when Gubbin hit him while driving a pickup truck.

A motorist reported seeing the truck speeding on the parkway, striking Malloy and never slowing down. Another motorist reported that the pickup truck had tailgated him before passing three vehicles and hitting Malloy.

According to the criminal complaint, Gubbin said he "did not know what to do and just kept driving." He turned himself in to police nine hours later.

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