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A Billings woman will serve probation after driving into a bicyclist and partially paralyzing her.

Tammy Lee Miller, 55, was given a two-year deferred imposition of sentence on Friday for leaving the scene of the West End wreck on April 2, 2017.

Yellowstone County District Court Judge Gregory Todd followed the joint recommendation by prosecutors and defense for the charge of failure to stop or remain at an accident scene involving death or serious injury.

Miller pleaded no contest to the charge in April.

Miller was driving her Honda at 41 mph when she ran into Genie Cabrera, who was riding her bicycle on Rosebud Drive, carrying home groceries.

The crash sent Cabrera flying off her bicycle, landing with injuries including an exploded disc and two locations on her spine that were crushed. The wreck left her paralyzed from the waist down.

Miller left the scene, but police later located her based on witness descriptions of her car and damage to her car that included a bloodied windshield.

Prosecutors said the wreck was accidental but that the law required Miller to remain at the scene. 

Cabrera declined to attend the sentencing hearing Friday, and Miller declined to make a statement to the court.

Todd ordered Miller pay the $17,643.99 in restitution Cabrera had sought in lost wages and other expenses.

Under a deferred sentence, Miller can keep the felony conviction off of her criminal record if she abides by the conditions of her probation.

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Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.