Not guilty plea entered in fatal bicycle accident case
Date posted: July 3, 2014
SHERIDAN — Hannah M. Terry, 34, pleaded not guilty in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday morning to charges relating to a fatal bicycling accident that occurred on Coffeen Avenue in May.
Terry is charged with aggravated homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence of a controlled substance causing serious bodily injury.
Both felony charges carry a combined possible sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
On May 31, Terry’s vehicle left the roadway and struck the two bicyclists. Sheridan resident Larry Hurst, 65, was killed and his wife, Sara Hurst, was air lifted to Billings, Montana, for medical treatment.
Terry told officers on the scene that she had taken two narcotic pain medications for a back problem. She failed a field sobriety test.
At Terry’s preliminary hearing in June, Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper David Motsic testified that he was a law enforcement officer on duty and called to the crash site of the incident in question. He testified about what he saw at the scene of the accident, including skid marks from the minivan driven by Terry and the bicycles that were struck. He said the hood to the minivan was damaged and the front windshield of the vehicle had been broken. He also noted evidence at the crash scene led him to believe the point of impact occurred in the middle of the emergency lane of travel, which is approximately 8-feet wide.
Motsic indicated it appeared the bicycles had been hit from the back.
“The bikes were severely broken,” Motsic said, indicating both had broken frames and the back tires were missing.
Motsic also testified that he had learned that Larry Hurst was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and an autopsy performed in Billings, Montana, revealed he had died from blunt force trauma and a broken neck.
Motsic said he has also learned that Sara Hurst had broken bones in her leg and pelvis, two collapsed lungs and severe bleeding.
She has since been released from the hospital in Billings.