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Man who killed cyclist in 2016 will serve 120 days in prison

Posted at 1:17 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 14:17:18-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Thursday, a man who killed a cyclist while driving under the influence was sentenced to 120 days in prison and probation for five years.

Joseph Lasala was driving under the influence of drugs and hit 32-year-old Anthony Saluto in April 2016. 

Saluto’s friends and family and members of Bike Walk KC packed the courtroom Thursday.

Loved ones read statements, pleading with the judge for a stronger sentence. 

After hearing the sentence, Saluto's mother Lorrie Brown said it just wasn't enough.

"What does that do?” Brown asked. "I mean I'm sorry, that's... When you go out and kill someone you take their life away. That's for good, that’s for real. I will never see my son Anthony again."

Brown said she's going to do what she can to get stricter laws that protect cyclists.

Bike Walk KC Policy Coordinator Michael Kelley said the decision was "woefully inadequate,” saying more needs to be done to protect those like Saluto. 

"We owe it to him, we owe it to his family. We owe it to the cyclists and pedestrians who walk and ride on our streets every day to make the city safer for them just as much as we strive to make the city safe for other road users," Kelley said.

After the hearing, Lasala's mother stated each side has lost someone, saying her son suffers from PTSD and hasn't been the same since the incident that killed Saluto.

If Lasala violates his probation, he will serve seven years in prison.

There will be a ride for Saluto Thursday night at Columbus Park.