Driver takes plea in fatal Prescott bike crash

Toby Beaty and Amber Harrington

Toby Beaty and Amber Harrington

PRESCOTT – Toby Beaty, accused of striking and killing a bicyclist with his pickup in January 2015, on Thursday, Feb. 3, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and one count of DUI.

Beaty, 38, of Prescott, was arrested Oct. 18, ten months after the crash, and charged with manslaughter and two counts of DUI in connection with the death of Amber “Cricket” Harrington.

Harrington, 23, was killed after she was hit from behind by the pickup, just before 5 p.m. Jan. 16, on White Spar Road near Copper Basin Road. Harrington was from California and was a recent graduate of Prescott College.

Beaty could be sentenced to up to 12.5 years in prison, according to the plea agreement.

Harrington’s parents wrote to prosecutors in December, asking for leniency for Beaty.

Rob and Tracey Harrington said, “We do not wish more suffering for Toby — he is already in a world of suffering.”

They went on to say they did not want him to be imprisoned. “Our wish is not for punishment, but for healing.”

“We wish that Toby offer his story and capacities in the service to others to prevent another tragedy,” they wrote. “The only way that any good can come of this situation is if another death can be prevented.”

The plea agreement noted that probation of up to seven years is available.

Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley set sentencing for March 28.

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