Mt. Pleasant, Michigan – December 15, 2010

An Isabella County motorist who killed a bicyclist in August and fled the scene pleaded guilty Wednesday in Isabella County trial court to failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing injury or death and driving with a suspended license, court records show.

The motorist, Kevin Michael Pastotnik, hit bicyclist Elias Nelson Lopez, 33, of Alma with the 2009 Dodge truck he was driving as Mr. Lopez rode his bike along Winn Road near Broomfield Road about 11 p.m. on August 5, the crash report shows.

Authorities said Mr. Pastotnik, a Weidman resident, called the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office the following day, saying he thought he’d hit an animal, although investigators later testified they believed he knew he’d hit a person.

He faces five years on each felony count.

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