A 91-year-old former Tucson resident who struck a group of bicyclists riding in the El Tour de Tucson last November told his victims he was praying for them moments before being sentenced to three years’ probation this morning.
William Wilson said he wanted everyone to know how sorry he is that “all of this happened” and he prays the victims recover.
Sixty bicyclists were heading west on Ina Road last November when Wilson, who was heading east, tried to turn north onto Westward Look Drive and collided with 10 of them.
Five cyclists were hurt; their injuries ranged from a life-threatening brain injury to stiffness and road rash.
Witnesses told authorities that Wilson got out of his car to check the damage before getting back in and driving away.
Wilson’s attorney, Michael Bloom, informed authorities of his identity two days after the crash.
Wilson was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing seriously physical injury but pleaded guilty last month to the less serious crime of attempted leaving the scene of an accident causing seriously physical injury.
Had he been sentenced to prison, he would have received less than two years.
Wilson has surrendered his driver’s license and now resides in an assisted living facility in Georgia.