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Asheville man headed to prison for hit-and-run crash that left cyclist in coma for 2 months

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Joseph Henry (Source: DA's office) Joseph Henry (Source: DA's office)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

District Attorney Todd Williams said an Asheville man will spend more than a year and a half in prison after pleading guilty in to felony hit-and-run and marijuana charges on Monday.

A judge sentenced Joseph Tyler Henry, 28, of Asheville to serve between 19 and 32 months in prison.

On Nov. 20, 2016, Henry was traveling 55 mph in a 35 mph zone when he struck a bicyclist from behind and then continued to speed to his home, where he called a company to replace his damaged windshield.

“The Asheville Police Department did great detective work on this case to recover vehicle parts, the broken windshield, and other identifying information about the driver of the vehicle to get justice for this victim,” District Attorney Todd Williams said.

Henry was arrested in Tennessee and charged with felony hit and run with serious injury, possession of marijuana and exceeding the posted speed limit.

Williams said the victim suffered brain, heart, and spinal damage; broken bones; and was in a coma for nearly two months.

“Though a 19 month prison term is not a lot of time considering the tragic, permanent, and life-changing injuries sustained by the victim, the District Attorney’s Office is satisfied that the Court sentenced this defendant to the maximum punishment authorized by law,” Williams added. “We are committed to ensuring the safety of all who drive and ride on Buncombe County’s streets and highways.”

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