Driver in Flagstaff Bike Party crash takes plea deal
The tow truck driver who struck multiple people during a 2021 bike safety ride in Flagstaff and allegedly had thousands of images of child pornography on his phone has taken a plea deal.
Normand Cloutier pleaded guilty last week to sexual exploitation of a minor and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor as well as negligent homicide and two counts of causing serious physical injury or death with a moving vehicle.
He was originally charged with negligent homicide and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Officials allege Cloutier ran a red light while turning onto Butler Avenue while driving a heavy-duty tow truck. The vehicle collided with a large group of cyclists, killing Joanna "Jo" Wheaton and injuring multiple others.
Cloutier's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2024.