Sentencing hearing: Family memorializes 'remarkable men' who died while cycling in St. George

Adam Bullard, left, and Matthew Bullard, right, the two riders who were killed in 2022 during the annual Spring Tour of St. George bicycle ride. The driver convicted in connection with their deaths appeared for sentencing Tuesday.

Adam Bullard, left, and Matthew Bullard, right, the two riders who were killed in 2022 during the annual Spring Tour of St. George bicycle ride. The driver convicted in connection with their deaths appeared for sentencing Tuesday. (Bullard Family via St. George News)


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ST. GEORGE — The driver convicted of the deaths of two cyclists appeared for sentencing amid a courtroom packed with the victims' family members who have waited nearly 26 months to describe the two remarkable men who were killed that day.

Julie Ann Budge, 48, was in Fifth District Court Tuesday for sentencing on two third-degree felony counts of automobile homicide negligence, as well as misdemeanor reckless driving and failing to remain in her lane of travel. Budge was convicted of the charges following a five-day jury trial in January.

Budge was the driver who struck and killed two cyclists — brothers Matthew Bullard and Adam Bullard — during an annual ride in Washington County on April 9, 2022. The men were participating in the Spring Tour of St. George with their teenage sons, both of whom were trailing behind when their fathers were struck.

One element mentioned multiple times during the hearing was the loss of Matthew Bullard and Adam Bullard — a loss that resulted in two shattered families left to grieve in silence.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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