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Man, 22, pleads guilty to manslaughter, DUI in cyclist’s death

A drunk driver who fatally hit a 75-year-old cyclist last year on Solana Beach, and then fled the scene, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to several counts, including manslaughter while being drunk.

Lucas Bo Morgans, 22, faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year for June 22, 2021, Death of Allen Hunter II.

In addition to the homicide, Morgans pleaded guilty hit and run causing death and the DUI counts.

Morgans hit Hunter from behind around 10:30 a.m. while Hunter, a retired physicist, cycled on the South Coast 101 freeway near Lomas Santa Fe Drive, according to authorities. Rescuers took him to hospital, where he died the same night.

After fleeing the scene, Morgans went to his family home and told them what had happened, according to his defense attorney, Michael Harknes. The lawyer told the Union-Tribune last year that Morgans had fled “in a panic and without malice” and was handed over to the sheriff’s investigators within 45 minutes.

Prosecutors said that about 90 minutes after the crash, Morgans’s blood alcohol level was 0.169 percent – more than double the legal limit at which drivers in California are considered reduced.

Morgans is scheduled to be sentenced on September 27.

Staff reporter Alex Riggins contributed to this report.



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