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Mosinee man apologizes for bicyclist's death

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

It was an emotional day in court Monday as a Mosinee man apologized before being sentenced for running over and killing a bicyclist.

A judge ordered Tracy Kruzicki, 44, to spend six months in jail and three years on probation.

"I didn't want to destroy anyone's life. I'm sorry," Kruzicki told the court at his sentencing. "I’m sorry. I wish it could be me instead of her. She made a lot of people happy."

Authorities say Kruzicki was driving on a suspended license when he hit and killed Tammy Gass last year.

"I’m really sorry for anyone that didn't get a chance to know her," Kruzicki told a Marathon County judge.

Prosecutors say Kruzicki hit Gass while she was riding on County Road KK near Mosinee. That's the same stretch of road where Gass' husband died while riding his bike in 2008.

In Marathon County Court, a judge said he knows Kruzicki is sorry for Tammy Gass' death.

"She was a great person. A lot better than me," said Kruzicki.

Prosecutors say the punishment fits the crime.

"What the public needs to realize is driving with a suspended license and some other offenses like that, can carry a criminal or even a felony consequence if certain things happen that you don't plan on them happening," said Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Sidney Brubacher.

Kruzicki's attorney declined to comment on the conclusion of the case, as did Gass' family and friends.

The judge said it's up to Kruzicki's probation agent on when he must report to jail.

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