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Driver who killed triathlete Karen McKeachie pleads to misdemeanor

CHELSEA, MI - A 70-year-old driver accused of hitting and killing Ann Arbor triathlete Karen McKeachie pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor Monday, March 6.

Terry Lee Lacroix said few words during his hearing before Judge Richard Conlin in Chelsea's 14-A3 District Court while a dozen of McKeachie's friends and family looked on.

He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of moving violation causing death, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

McKeachie's husband, Lew Kidder, says they plan to advocate for the maximum penalty. Kidder believes Lacroix should have been charged with a manslaughter.

"I don't think it's appropriate," Kidder said about the charge after the plea Monday. "I think he's undercharged. This was not an accident in the sense that if you were turning right at a red light and didn't see a pedestrian, Read more: