Knox man sentenced for hit-and-run crash that injured Belfast councilor

By Ben Holbrook | Apr 10, 2014

Belfast — A Knox man who struck a Belfast city councilor who was riding his bicycle was sentenced in Waldo County Superior Court to three years in jail.

Steven Lucas, 60, of Knox, was sentenced Wednesday, April 9, and in addition to serving the three years, he will also have his license suspended for two years.

Lucas struck and seriously injured Councilor Eric Sanders who was riding his bicycle the afternoon of March 8, 2013. Sanders suffered a lacerated ear, cuts and abrasions, and he was momentarily knocked unconscious after being struck, according to previously published reports.

Following an investigation, Lucas was charged with operating without a license, aggravated leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated operating under the influence and aggravated driving to endanger.

Waldo County District Attorney Geoffery A. Rushlau said Lucas was sentenced on the aggravated driving to endanger, aggravated leaving the scene of an accident and filing a false report charges.

The aggravated operating under the influence charge was dismissed, Rushlau said, as part of an agreement between the defense and the state.

Speaking to the sentencing, Sanders said he is glad the judicial process is over and he is trying to move on from the incident.

He added, "I hope people in cars and on bicycles continue to show awareness and kindness to each other on the open road. My ear is permanently mutilated, but I am alive and am so glad to have my family around me."

Rushlau said Lucas must also pay a $575 fine and $500 restitution to Sanders.

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