A drunken driver was sentenced Wednesday to up to 15 years in prison for mowing down a beloved teacher in Brooklyn during last year’s Citywide Bike Tour.
Abel Antonio Pina Morocho apologized after the husband of victim Nancy Pease, who was killed Sept. 10, gave a heartrending statement.
“She was an unforgettably special teacher who touched the lives of thousands of children,” Jonathan Pease said about his wife of 32 years.
Morocho, 40, pleaded guilty earlier this month to aggravated vehicular homicide. He was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.
As Pease rode with 30 other cyclists in Borough Park, Morocho slammed into the group near 12th Ave. and 39th St. while attempting to pull out of a parking space.
Pease, 56, fell in front of Morocho’s minivan and was trapped beneath it as the vehicle continued to move forward.
“This defendant’s decision to drink and then get behind the wheel caused mayhem and the death of an avid cyclist during what was supposed to be a festive bike tour,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
Morocho was arrested at the scene and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.278 — more than three times the legal limit of .08, prosecutors said.
“Her life ended as it had begun — devastated by alcohol,” Jonathan Pease said, referring to tales his wife told him about her father’s struggles with alcoholism during her childhood.
The multitalented mother was in a coma for 12 days and died on her birthday, her husband said.
“I struggle every day with my grief, but I cannot begin to imagine how it must have felt for her 86-year-old mother to see the ashes of her daughter being interred in a mausoleum niche next to the ashes of her son,” Jonathan Pease said.