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Plea Deal Struck in Hit-And-Run

Published December 16, 2010

EAGLE, CO (BRAIN)—A hit-and-run driver who plowed into a cyclist in Vail will only be charged with a misdemeanor after a judge on Thursday accepted a controversial plea deal, according to a Colorado news report.

Eagle County District Judge Frederick Gannett approved the lighter penalty for the driver, Martin Erzinger, according to the report.

The badly injured victim, Dr. Steven Milo of New York, fought the plea deal, arguing that Erzinger fled the scene, hiding his car behind an abandoned Pizza Hut and took repeated steps to "cover up and minimize his conduct," according to the report.

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