- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A 40-year-old upstate New York motorist has been found guilty of killing a bicyclist during a high-speed chase from police, then driving on with the man wedged in a ladder rack on his pickup truck.

Pablo Cruz of Schenectady hit 45-year-old Paul Merges on an Albany street around 1 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2012. Police said Cruz led police on a two-county chase at speeds of almost 100 mph with Merges trapped on the vehicle.

An Albany jury convicted him Wednesday of second-degree murder, second-degree vehicular manslaughter and several other lesser crimes.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 25. Cruz faces a prison term of 25 years to life.


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