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Attorney: Plea bargain reached in bicycle death


WAUSAU (WAOW) - The attorney for a Mosinee man accused of running over and killing a bicyclist says the man will plead guilty to the felony charge in a plea bargain.

Tracy Kruzicki, 44, was charged in 2012 with operating a motor vehicle while his driver's license was suspended and causing a death. Prosecutors said Kruzicki hit and killed 44-year-old Tammy Gass while she was riding on County Road KK near Mosinee.

Gaas' husband also died riding his bike on the same stretch of road in 2008.

Kruzicki's attorney, Richard Lawson, said Friday the plea deal involves Kruzicki pleading guilty to the felony in return for prosecutors capping the jail time they will recommend for a sentence.

Kruzicki is to return to court Aug. 1 for a plea hearing and sentencing, according to online court records.

Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Sidney Brubacher declined comment Friday.

Lawson said he will argue that Kruzicki should get no jail or prison time. The maximum punishment for the felony is six years in prison.

There was no negligence or intent to what Kruzicki did, Lawson said. Kruzicki's driver's license was suspended because he could not afford auto insurance, resulting in the "bizarre charge," the attorney said.

Lawson said the crash happened because Kruzicki didn't see the bicyclist.

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