Driver of Vehicle Involved In Cyclist's Death In Court

By: Dean Johnson Email
By: Dean Johnson Email

35-year-old Lamont Allen Arthur, Junior is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated assault after the May 29th accident resulting in the death of 39-year-old Mathew Harker. The state recommended a one hundred thousand dollar bond, calling Arthur, Junior a danger to the community due to his past criminal history.

Arthur has two prior felony convictions; he was found guilty of larceny in 2002 and convicted of third-degree assault and battery in 2010. At the time, Arthur was sentenced to 4 to 5 year’s suspended prison, but received 3 year supervised probation instead.

He completed probation May 28, 2014; just two days before the accident. Also, on his record is a prior DUI resulting in an accident.
Arthur's counsel argued for a 20 thousand dollar bond, calling this case problematic. Court documents show a service vehicle prevented a clear view of the intersection.

Judge Michael Patchen believes Arthur is not a flight risk, but says the prior DUI accident is concerning. Judge Patchen set Arthur's bond at 75 thousand dollars.

If convicted, Arthur could spend up to 20 years in prison for the vehicular homicide charge, while the aggravated assault charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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