Landscaper sentenced to 4 years for cyclist hit and run


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on February 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 11:20 PM

AUSTIN – An Austin cyclist has mixed emotions about a four-year jail sentence handed to a local landscaper who severely injured him in a hit and run accident.

In June of 2013, 38-year-old Daniel Cornelio was charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid, a third degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

A spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff’s Department told KVUE that Cornelio accepted four years in a plea bargain.

In June of 2013, graphic artist and designer Robert Wray was riding his bicycle on east Cesar Chavez near Pleasant Valley.

An arrest warrant affidavit for Cornelio suggests the landscaper didn’t want to wait for traffic and made a quick turn in front of Wray. His trailer ran over the Graphic Artist severing his bike in two, collapsing his lungs, breaking six ribs and causing bruises and road rash.

Wray says he would rather see Cornelio work during the week to support his family and then go to jail on weekends.

Travis County Sheriff Deputies also told KVUE that Cornelio is on hold at the jail facility in Del Valle by federal Immigration authorities who could chose to deport him.


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