DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The man who pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run that killed a cyclist last summer will spend the next 18 years in prison. Preston James Dorris struck cyclist Chuck Vogel in Parker and left him to die on July 4, 2019.
Vogel was killed after being hit from behind by a Kia Spectra. That Kia was found abandoned and Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies traced it to Dorris in Nebraska.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Hospitalizations Return To Mid-February Level, Positivity Rate Above 5%
The judge ordered the maximum sentence for Dorris.READ MORE: 'Still Some Anxiety': Principal Helps Organize COVID Vaccine Clinic For Students
Vogel’s family spoke after the sentencing and his widow Teri said she’s thankful the judge saw the seriousness of the crime.
“It’s been a very long year, we’ve waited a very long time for this,” said Teri.MORE NEWS: Drug Lab Inside Denver Homeless Camp Causes Explosion, City Finds 30 Propane Tanks
The family said they will continue to fight for the safety of the cycling community in Colorado and laws that reflect the seriousness of these crimes.