DRIVER SENTENCED IN CRASH THAT KILLED BICYCLIST; Wednesday, January 9, 2002 NEWS 02C By Dean Narciso Dispatch Staff Reporter The man who left a crash that killed a bicyclist a year ago was sentenced to three years of probation this week. Brian P. Jenkins pleaded no contest on Monday to one felony count of fleeing a crash that killed Jerry Wick, 33, lead singer and guitarist of the local rock group Gaunt, a year ago Thursday. Jenkins, 27, also will lose his driving privileges for six months except to go to work. In addition, he was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. "I'm not happy he was sentenced,'' said Jenkins' attorney, Kinsley Nyce. "I'm happy he isn't going to jail.'' Judge Deborah P. O'Neill of Franklin County Common Pleas Court could have imposed a maximum one-year jail sentence and $2,500 fine. Jenkins has maintained that he didn't know he had hit a person but said he thought his car was being targeted by armed or rock-throwing assailants who had pelted his Ford Escort and broken its windshield. The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. on Hudson Avenue, near N. 4th Street. Jenkins has said he didn't stop because he was afraid. Wick's father, Jerry Wick Jr., 64, spoke of Jenkins from his Parma home last night. "I regret that he didn't own up that he hit somebody and left the scene of the crime,'' Wick said. "If I was hit by a brick, I would've reported it right away. "A brick weights 10 pounds. My boy weighed 165 pounds, plus the bike -- another 35. That's like hitting a brick wall.'' Prosecuting attorney Bob Krapenc said Jenkins' girlfriend called 911 after the crash and said that she and Jenkins may have seen a body at the intersection but didn't mention hitting someone. It later was discovered that she wasn't with Jenkins at the time. Jenkins was charged with fleeing but not with intentionally hitting Wick, who had been riding his bicycle and holding a box of pizza -- all while his blood-alcohol level was 0.26 percent, more than twice the level at which someone is considered to be drunk in Ohio. O'Neill said that because Jenkins fled, investigators were unable to determine whether he also had been drinking. firstname.lastname@example.org All content herein is © 2002 The Columbus Dispatch and may not be republished without permission.