Hit and Run Driver Sentenced For Hitting Asheville NC Bicyclist

A serious accident involving a hit and run driver and a bicyclist in 2016 in Asheville, North Carolina has resulted in the driver receiving a sentence of over one and a half years in jail.  The accident happened early in the morning of November 20, 2016 on Hendersonville Road near the I-40 interchange.  According to available information, a man named Joseph Henry hit bicyclist Anthony Leyva from behind and then fled the scene.  Mr. Henry was ultimately apprehended and charged with numerous crimes.  He pled guilty to felony hit and tun, speeding, possession of marijuana, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Mr. Levya was very seriously injured in the accident and spent several months in a coma.

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This guilty plea seems to have been unavoidable for the driver of the car.   The guilty plea does typically qualify as an admission of fault for any civil case that Mr. Leyva may have against the driver for his injuries.  This may be little consolation for Mr. Leyva who apparently suffered very serious injuries due to this accident.  Hopefully, he is on his way to recovery.

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