Driver sentenced to probation and community service in fatal Longmont crash

The Longmont driver accused of hitting and killing a recumbent cyclist in Longmont in September was sentenced to one year probation and community service after reaching a plea deal.

Wyatt Boston-Svarczkopf, 27, pleaded guilty to reckless driving causing death, a Class 1 traffic violation, on June 16.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dismissed the remaining charges, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury to a vulnerable road user and drug-impaired driving.

According to court records, Boston-Svarczkopf was sentenced Thursday to one year probation along with 150 hours of community service by Boulder County Judge JP Martin as part of a stipulated sentence.

“Our office has worked closely with the victim’s family and law enforcement,” the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “This guilty plea to the highest and most serious charge is a direct result of the work of the Longmont Police Department. Thanks to their efforts, our office was able to prove that this accident was not an accident. The accused bears the responsibility for this tragic death. Our team was honored to work with the victim’s family to achieve this result.

The cyclist killed in the accident was identified by the coroner’s office as Gary Abbuhl, 78, of Longmont.

Police say Boston-Svarczkopf, driving a 2012 Kia Optima, and Abbuhl, who was riding a recumbent bike, were both traveling east on Clover Basin Drive between Renaissance Drive and Delsarto Lane when the crash happened on the morning of September 18.

Abbuhl was taken to hospital and later died from his injuries.

Jill E. Washington