Ohio woman pleads no contest in bicyclist’s death

CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman accused in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in southwestern Ohio has pleaded no contest to charges including aggravated vehicular homicide.

A court official said Tuesday that 35-year-old Melinda Woodall entered the pleas Friday. She also pleaded no contest to charges of drug possession and failure to stop after an accident. Authorities say the Amelia woman’s SUV struck 42-year-old Michael Prater while he was riding his bicycle in suburban Cincinnati on Jan. 31. He died the next day.

Woodall’s attorney told The Cincinnati Enquirer that his client is devastated and cries every time he is with her. Her sentencing is set for Aug. 31.

A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated similarly to a guilty plea for sentencing purposes.