Nipomo woman who killed bicyclist pleads no contest to murder
June 9, 2016
A Nipomo woman who killed a bicyclist while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol pleaded no contest to second-degree murder on Wednesday. She faces a maximum sentence of 19 years to life in prison, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.
On Oct. 1, 2014, Michelle Yvonne Hart, 46, was driving southbound on Los Berros Road near Pomeroy Road in rural Arroyo Grande when she collided with the back of a bicycle that Glen Hurley Fulton was riding.
The collision ejected Fulton 48, from the bicycle. Though Fulton was wearing a helmet, he suffered fatal head injuries.
Hart fled the scene but was arrested shortly after the crash. A blood test revealed Hart was under the influence of alcohol, methamphetamine and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, at the time of the collision.
Initially, Hart did not face a murder charge in the case. But, California law allows prosecutors to charge a defendant with murder if he/she kills another person as a result of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
On Wednesday, Hart also pleaded no contest to felony hit-and-run causing the death of another. She was previously convicted of DUIs twice in the 10 years prior to the fatal crash.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 29. Hart remains in San Luis Obispo County Jail with her bail set at $100,000.