Somerville man sentenced for 2016 crash killing bicyclist

Published: Jan. 31, 2019 at 5:47 PM EST
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A Somerville man has been sentenced in connection with a crash that killed a doctor riding her bicycle.

James Mayo, 23, was fined $1,000 and has lost his license for three months.

He was charged with motor vehicle violation resulting in death.

Mayo was driving his pickup truck on Wingood Road in Windsor in October 2016 when he hit Dr. Carol Eckert.

He told police the sun was in his eyes.

Eckert died three days later.

The sentence was an agreement reached by the defense and the State.

"Trying to balance the conduct of Mr. Mayo in this case and trying to find some sort of resolution that had some penalty for him was important to the State," said Assistant District Attorney Frayla Tarpinian. "I don't think there's anything - as the judge laid out - there's nothing that the State could do that would even begin to penalize him for causing the death of another human being, much less the death of such a valued community member."

"It was a very fair agreement," said Mayo's defense attorney Walter McKee. "This was an accident pure and simple. It could have happened to literally anybody out there. The sunlight was in his eyes. Mr. Mayo did not see Dr. Eckert and unfortunately struck her. He felt terrible about it. He's been in counseling about it. But at the end of the day, it really was an accident and he's accepting his punishment."

Mayo forfeited his license immediately.