Tyler James Campbell will spend the next two years on probation for his role in a fatal truck vs. motorcycle crash near the State Street/Eagle Road intersection last summer.
Campbell pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter last month in connection with the death of 64-year-old motorcyclist Arthur Peter Zottarelli on Aug. 27.
Fourth District Magistrate Judge Thomas Watkins sentenced the 28-year-old Campbell Thursday. In addition to the probation, Campbell will have to spend 30 days in the Ada County Jail, where he cant ask for work release until serving 10 days. Campbell will not be able to drive for four years, with some exceptions like being able to drive to work, officials from his attorneys office said Friday.
The crash happened at 7:24 a.m. Aug. 27 in front of the Shady Acres gas station in the 4100 block of West State Street, which is just west of Eagle Road, according to Ada County dispatch reports.
Ada County Sheriffs deputies say Campbell was driving a 1994 Ford F-250 pickup east on State Street when he turned left to go to the parking lot of the station. The truck collided with Zottarelli, who was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle west on State Street.
Zottarelli, who was wearing a helmet and protective clothing, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Campbell was not injured. Ada County Coroners officials say Zottarellis cause of death was blunt force trauma from the crash.
The crime of misdemeanor involuntary vehicular manslaughter is punishable by up to one year in jail, a $2,000 fine and a suspension of driving privileges. The case is charged was a misdemeanor, which means prosecutors say the wreck was an unlawful act that occurred without gross negligence.