Carbondale man pleads guilty to DUI in cyclist’s death

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A 23-year-old Carbondale man could spend more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol involving the death of a bicyclist.

Seth Loyd was initially charged with reckless homicide in the November 2014 death of 33-year-old Matthew Dierker.

Witnesses told Carbondale police that Dierker’s car was weaving from the center lane of a highway onto the gravel shoulder where Dierker was riding and then struck.

Lloyd reportedly was also texting at the time and registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.207 after his arrest.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court to the most serious charge he still faced. Several other charges were dismissed.

A sentencing hearing hasn’t been set yet. Loyd faces between three and 14 years in prison.