Santa Barbara prosecutors filed misdemeanor manslaughter charges against Marcos Angel Almaguer, the asphalt truck driver who accidentally ran over UCSB tri-athlete Kendra Payne as she rode her bicycle up winding Gibraltar Road last January. Almaguer is scheduled to appear in Santa Barbara court this Monday to enter a plea. The road is in serious disrepair, and Almaguer tried to pass Payne with his 18-wheel truck at one of the narrowest and most dangerous points. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports, it appears Payne’s bike slipped as Almaguer sought to pass, and she fell under the rear wheel of the truck. Almaguer – who was described by CHP officers at the scene as “distraught” – faces a maximum sentence of one year in county probation. After Payne’s death, Assemblymember Pedro Nava introduced a bill requiring bicyclists be given a three-foot clearance by passing motorists.

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