Driver Faces 25 Years in Prison For Hitting, Killing Bicyclist

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A jury has been seated Tuesday in the trial of a man charged with killing a bicyclist.

Jonathan Leyva Rodriguez is accused of hitting the cyclist with his vehicle in August.

Police say Leyva-Rodriguez was more than three times the legal limit when he hit well-known cyclist Wade Franck, 41, last August.

Franck later died from his injuries.

Wade Franck
Wade Franck

Leyva-Rodriguez is charged with vehicular homicide by OWI and is pleading not guilty. If a jury of his peers finds him guilty, Leyva-Rodriguez could face up to 25 years in prison.

Selecting the jury took some time because each side interviewed potential jurors individually rather than in a large group.

The plan is to start opening arguments Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Polk County Courthouse.

The trial is expected to last 10 days.

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