ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The woman accused of running a red light and killing a bicyclist riding home from work may get off with not much more than a slap on the wrist.
On January 10th Carol Svinarich, 58, ran a red light near Osuna and Academy Parkway plowing into Scott Dwane Lane.
Lane was riding home from his job where he worked as vice president of a local manufacturing company.
Now after the nearly month long investigation Svinarich has been charged with a misdemeanor charge of careless driving and is facing up to 90 days behind bars.
"It's probably a good day for her. You know, 90 days is nothing, I'd be happy," Sheryl Kearby, Lane's widow, told KRQE News 13.
After the accident Svinarich told police she was heading west around 5 p.m. that day and the sun was in her eyes and had her visor down, she said she thought the light was green or maybe yellow. But several witnesses on the scene told investigators she had run the light, which was red, killing Lane as he crossed the street on his bike.
"I don't understand why there has been no contact, no apology. I mean she could even go through you, or write a letter to the newspaper. You know, say ‘gee this happened and I'm so sorry' - Nothing," said Kearby.
Prosecutors were not able to charge Svinarich with tougher charges like reckless driving or vehicular homicide because in those cases you must prove a driver knew he or she was putting lives at risk.
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