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Man sentenced to prison in crash that killed bicyclists

Man sentenced to prison in crash that killed bicyclists

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A man was sentenced Friday to 10½ years in prison for crashing into a group of cyclists and killing two in 2016 while driving under the influence.

Pima County Superior Court Judge James E. Marner also sentenced Brian Lynch to five years probation after he completes his prison sentence, said Stephanie Coronado, a Pima County Attorney's Office spokeswoman.

In March 2016, Clare Rhodes, 72, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Kenneth Vieira, 68, of Tucson, were killed when they were struck by Lynch while he was driving a roofing-company truck on Tucson's northwest side, on North La Cañada Drive at West Hardy Road.

The cyclists were southbound on La Cañada and had stopped for a red light at Hardy when Lynch, who also was headed south on La Cañada, struck the cyclists who were in the bike lane, said authorities.

Three other cyclists were injured in the crash. The cyclists were participating in an outing for a bicycling group, Santa Fe Seniors on Bikes, from New Mexico.

Lynch, who then was 28, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, two counts of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of aggravated assault with serious injury, and criminal damage, authorities said.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at or 573-4104. On Twitter: @cduartestar

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