- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A woman who hit and killed a bicyclist in Springfield last year pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Shannon Smith will be sentenced Sept. 25 for her role in the death of Zachary Gibson near Missouri State University last November.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/PdBkD1 ) Smith told police she was fleeing from an ex-boyfriend when she hit Gibson and drove away.

Prosecutors have charged the ex-boyfriend, 24-year-old Blake Basten, with second-degree murder. Court records say Basten flashed a handgun and used a stolen car to chase Smith’s car, at one point hitting her from behind.


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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com