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A Nevada man charged in the hit-and-run death last year of a handicapped St. George bicyclist has resolved the case with a plea in abeyance.
Gary William Fairse, 34, of Mesquite, Nev., was charged in St. George's 5th District Court in connection with the Oct. 21, 2014 death of Steven Jed Canfield, a 57-year-old polio survivor who used a hand-powered bicycle-wheelchair device, according to Santa Clara-Ivins Police Officer Chad Holt.
Canfield was killed instantly when struck on southwestern Utah's Old Highway 91 at about 8 p.m., Holt has said.
Fairse was charged with one count of failure to remain at an accident involving death, a third-degree felony, according to the court docket.
Earlier this month, Fairse pleaded guilty as charged and admitted he had reason to believe he as in an accident but failed to immediately stop, according to the court docket.
But the case will be dismissed in 36 months if Fairse completes the terms of his plea in abeyance, which are to write a letter of apology to the victim's family and pay a $2,500 court fee.