Man gets prison term for killing 18 year-old cyclist

Fritz Philomgene

A Dorchester man who caused the death of an 18 year-old bicyclist last May has been sentenced to serve 8 to 12 years in state prison for the crime. Gregory McCoy entered a guilty plea to manslaughter charges on Tuesday.

McCoy admits that he was drunk and speeding when the car he was driving careened into another car on Talbot Avenue. Fritz Philogene was waiting to cross the street on his bicycle when he was struck and killed in the chain reaction crash. McCoy fled from the scene on foot and was later arrested at his home.

Christopher Graham, a friend of Philogene's family who spoke on their behalf, spoke at the hearing. He said the family holds no animosity toward McCoy but feel that he must be held accountable for the decisions he made and actions he took.

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