Man pleads guilty in Meridian biker's death

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A Thomasville man has pleaded guilty to charges in the death of a bicycle rider from Idaho in Davidson County more than two years ago.

Samuel Thomas Gray, 31, accepted a plea deal that will result in six months in prison, The Dispatch of Lexington reported.

Joshua Daniel Perry, 30, of Meridian, Idaho, was struck while he was riding on the Interstate 85 Business Loop near Davidson County Community College on March 13, 2012. Perry died 10 days later at the Wake Forest Baptist medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Gray also must serve three years of probation and pay $20,420 in restitution.

He apologized to Perry's family Thursday.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said Gray was driving his pickup about 55 mph when he crossed the white line and struck Perry.

Perry, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown about 100 feet from his bicycle, Trooper J.F. Bauguess said.

Gray had a .14 blood alcohol level. In North Carolina, a person is considered to be driving while impaired if he registers a .08 or more.

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Information from: The Dispatch