Calif. woman pleads no contest to fatally striking cyclist, attempting to kill 2 others

Pray [left] was riding her bicycle in a Claremont neighborhood on Saturday when the incident occurred. Pray’s partner of nine years, Betsey Hipple [right], spoke during a vigil on Monday night. ‘I cherished her. She was a profoundly gentle soul’

LOS ANGELES — A 63-year-old woman pleaded no contest Tuesday to running over a cyclist and trying to run over two other cyclists in Claremont, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Sandra Marie Wicksted of Claremont entered her plea to one count each of voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of attempted murder/

Deputy District Attorney Phillip Stirling said Wicksted was immediately sentenced to 16 years in state prison.

On Nov. 3, 2018, Wicksted, in an apparent fit of road rage, was charged with trying to run over four people before fatally striking victim Leslie Ann Pray, 54, as she rode her bicycle, prosecutors said.

Authorities have not indicated a motive for the attack. Wicksted had been found mentally competent to stand trial.

The case was investigated by the Claremont Police Department.

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