Michael McCoy, 22, was sentenced to four years in prison for the death of Patricia Jane “PJ” Bybee, 61, after hitting her head-on while traveling northbound on Highway 93.
During McCoy’s sentencing on Friday, April 18, District Judge Lily Oeffler stated she wanted to bring McCoy back for a reconsideration hearing scheduled for June 30 for a possible reduction in his sentence.
On March 13, 2013, McCoy was traveling northbound on Highway 93 at over 83 mph when he attempted to pass a car in front of him in a marked no-passing zone. McCoy slammed into Bybee head-on where she died on scene from head injuries sustained in the crash.
McCoy was described by his defense attorney as a “college student who enjoyed a life of privilege and that it was clear that Mr. McCoy was abusing marijuana,” a statement from the Jeffco District Attorney’s office read.
Prosecutors asked for the maximum six year prison sentence for McCoy who was denied placement in community corrections. Before his reconsideration hearing he while likely be re-screened for community corrections placement. Judge Oeffler stated she was in favor for a four-year community corrections sentence, and in lieu of that a resenteing to two years in prison.
Patricia Bybee of Littleton was the former CEO of the Greenwood Village-based Metrolist, Inc., a multiple listings real estate provider for the Denver area. After 27 years of leading the company, she resigned from her position in 2011.