Man pleads guilty to hit-and-run death of skateboarder

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ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash that killed a skateboarder.

The Hartford Courant reports 31-year-old Rocco Barile pleaded guilty Thursday to evading responsibility from a crash in which a death occurred and other charges.

Barile was charged in June 2017 in connection with the death of 20-year-old Jeremy Mercier, who was killed while riding his skateboard on Route 5 in Enfield in December 2016.

Related: Enfield police make arrest in 2016 deadly hit-and-run

Police said Barile’s pickup truck matched the vehicle that hit Mercier and had damage consistent with hitting someone. Material on the truck was linked to Mercier’s skateboard and DNA.

Barile faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, suspended after he serves five years. His attorney will be able to argue for a lesser sentence.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 2.

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