A Lincoln Place man faces one to two years' incarceration next week when he is formally sentenced for hitting a bicyclist in Lawrenceville last summer and causing severe injuries.
Beau Fishinger, 31, pleaded guilty today before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kevin G. Sasinoski to aggravated assault by vehicle and accidents involving personal injury while not properly licensed for the May 13, 2012, crash.
Prosecutors said Dan Yablonsky was riding his bicycle along Liberty Avenue about 2:30 a.m. when he was struck from behind. Mr. Fishinger left in his black Jeep Wrangler and Mr. Yablonsky's bike was found three blocks away from the spot of impact.
Mr. Fishinger surrendered later that morning. His license had previously been suspended and he had four prior arrests for driving under the influence.
Mr. Yablonsky spent four weeks in a coma following the accident and suffered broken bones in his leg, hand and pelvis as well as a torn aorta and bleeding on his brain, prosecutors said.
Mr. Fishinger's guilty plea included an agreement on sentence, including eight years' probation to follow incarceration.
The entire sentence will run consecutively to another Mr. Fishinger is already serving of 2 1/2 to five years in prison on another DUI case.
His formal sentence before Judge Sasinoski is slated for Wednesday.
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