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Man sentenced to prison in crash that killed bicyclist in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh man was sentenced to state prison Friday, after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a 2019 accident on Brookline Boulevard that killed a bicyclist.

Thomas Morton, 24, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence and traffic charges, and was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in state prison along with seven years probation.

Mike Manko, spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, released a statement that read:

“Our office understands that when a family loses a loved one as the result of a criminal act, there is no amount of punishment that can adequately make up for the life that has been taken. What we can try to offer the victim’s family and friends through these types of prosecutions is at least a small measure of satisfaction that someone is being held criminally responsible for the actions that resulted in the loss of that life.”

Austin Fike, 22, was killed in the crash that happened shortly after 9 p.m. Oct. 20, 2019, at the intersection of Brookline Boulevard and Pioneer Avenue.

Fike’s friend said he was just going to McDonald’s to get his son something to eat.