Guilty plea in bicycling deaths

Daniel Snead, the driver who killed to bicyclists in June of 2012, pleaded guilty in Circuit Court.
Posted on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 18, 2013 at 6:17 a.m.

GOSHEN — Daniel Snead, the driver who killed two bicyclists in June 2012 pleaded guilty to two counts of causing the death of another while driving under the influence of a schedule I or II substance or its metabolite in the person’s blood Thursday in Elkhart Circuit Court.

Snead, 43, of Post Road Lot 12, Goshen, broke down when Judge Terry Shewmaker read the facts of the incident to him, and every time the names of the two boys were brought up.

Daniel Runion, 19, and David Anglemeyer, 18, were riding their bicycles east on C.R. 20 just east of Pleasant Plain Avenue around 5:50 a.m. June 8, 2012, when they were struck by a vehicle driven by Snead, who was driving west on C.R. 20.

Anglemeyer died instantly after the accident of blunt force trauma to the head, according to Elkhart County Coroner John White. Runion was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma to the chest sometime after 10 a.m.

Snead was arrested Aug. 20 following an investigation of the accident by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

He agreed to a sentence of 18 years in prison, six years in alternative placement through community corrections and six years on reporting probation. The rest of the terms will be left under the discretion of the judge. A case in which Snead was charged with domestic battery was dismissed.

Katie Runion, Daniel Runion’s mother and Anglemeyer’s family were at the hearing. They said they have been following the case closely since Snead’s initial hearing.

Runion said the last few months had not left her much time to let her loss sink in.

“It’s slowly starting to come up to the surface,” she said. “The last four weeks I’ve been feeling more moments of clarity. For the longest time it only felt like they weren’t home yet.”

Snead’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 14 at 8:30 a.m.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The ages of Runion and Anglemeyer were originally listed incorrectly. The story has been updated with the correct information.

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