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Virginia landscaping company owner sentenced for crash cover-up in cyclist's death

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Jul 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 11:01:39-04

YORKTOWN, Va. -- The owner of a Virginia landscaping company has been sentenced to a year in jail for covering up a fatal accident in which one of his workers struck and killed a bicyclist.

The Virginian-Pilot reports a judge sentenced 64-year-old Robert Lee Strickland Jr. of Poquoson for concealing a hit-and-run crash nearly three years ago that killed 50-year-old cyclist Brian Leonard Utne.

Authorities say Utne, a Newport News Shipbuilding engineer, had just finished a group ride after work on Oct. 25, 2018.

On his way home, he was struck by a pickup truck.

Last month, the pickup’s driver, Alexander Crosby of New Kent County, was sentenced to four years in prison.