Woman Faces 30 Years for Hit-And-Run Death

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Associated Press Release

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida Panhandle woman faces anywhere from 21 months to 30 years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run crash.

Rhea Reynolds pleaded no contest this week to leaving the scene of an accident involving death. The 28-year-old woman is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 21.

Authorities say 63-year-old Harry Robert Crawford was riding his bicycle to an Easter sunrise service in April 2012 when he was hit from behind. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that he was dead by the time emergency crews arrived.

Investigators found vehicle parts at the scene and traced them to Reynolds' 2004 Chrysler Pacifica.

Reynolds initially pleaded not guilty, saying she only felt a bump and didn't realize she had hit anyone.

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