Springville man sen­tenced to prison for ve­hic­u­lar killing of cy­clist

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Fri­day at the South County Jus­tice Cen­ter, Judge Michael Sheltzer sen­tenced Joseph Val­ley, age 28, of Springville, to 11 years in prison for hit­ting and killing a cy­clist in Novem­ber of 2017.

On Au­gust 31, Val­ley pleaded no con­test to all charges filed against him: gross ve­hic­u­lar man­slaugh­ter while in­tox­i­cated with the spe­cial al­le­ga­tion of flee­ing the scene, and hit and run driv­ing caus­ing death.

Around 4:40 p.m. on Novem­ber 7, 2017, the adult male vic­tim was rid­ing his bi­cy­cle in the Springville area when Val­ley hit him while driv­ing a PT Cruiser. A UPS driver dis­cov­ered the vic­tim in the road shortly af­ter.

Af­ter wit­ness re­ports of a PT Cruiser with a bro­ken wind­shield and sig­nif­i­cant front dam­age were made, the UPS driver di­rected law en­force­ment to a nearby house where a PT Cruiser nor­mally parked out­side.

Law en­force­ment con­tacted Val­ley at the res­i­dence and saw the dam­aged car, which Val­ley said was the re­sult of hit­ting an an­i­mal. A blood draw later re­vealed Val­ley’s blood al­co­hol con­tent to be .26%.

“When­ever a life is lost to the selfish choices of a drunk driver, the com­mu­nity as a whole feels

both anger and fear that they could be­come the next in­no­cent vic­tim on their way to work, school, or while en­joy­ing a quiet bike ride. The sen­tence handed down by the court will not bring back the life lost, and the de­fen­dant will con­tinue his own ex­is­tence, but for now that ex­is­tence will be be­hind prison walls,” said As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dave Alave­zos.

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