A man faces up to six years in prison after admitting in court Tuesday that he left an injured woman to die after crashing a dirt bike in Colorado Springs.

Pedro Juan Cruz-Quinones, 20, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, sidestepping a count that could have led to more prison time in the Nov. 6 death of Jacquiline Eva Wilde, who was found in a field after Cruz-Quinones crashed the bike on which she was a passenger, then fled.

“The autopsy said she was gurgling,” said her uncle Ken Wilde of Peyton after the hearing. “Why didn’t he call? Why didn’t he get help?”

Vehicular homicide, alleging that Cline died as a result of recklessness, can be punished by two to six years in prison. It also can lead to probation with or without a jail sentence or placement in a community-based prison alternative.

Fourth Judicial District Judge David A. Gilbert is set to impose a sentence July 12.

Under terms of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a count alleging that Cruz-Quinones fled a crash causing serious bodily injury, a more serious felony normally punishable by up to 12 years in prison.

Free on $100,000 bond, Cruz answered a judge’s questions in a soft-spoken voice while pleading guilty. But he offered few details and did little to answer the family’s questions, including how he knew her.

Vehicular homicide, alleging that Cline died as a result of recklessness, can be punished by two to six years in prison. It also can lead to probation with or without a jail sentence or placement in a community-based prison alternative.

Fourth Judicial District Judge David A. Gilbert is set to impose a sentence July 12.

Under terms of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a count alleging that Cruz-Quinones fled a crash causing serious bodily injury, a more serious felony normally punishable by up to 12 years in prison.

Free on $100,000 bond, Cruz answered a judge’s questions in a soft-spoken voice while pleading guilty. But he offered few details and did little to answer the family’s questions, including how he knew her.

“I don’t think that she died immediately,” Russell said.

She said the injuries were so severe, however, that the chance of Wilde “surviving and being neurologically intact were pretty low.”

Said Ken Wilde: “Maybe she would have been paralyzed, I don’t know. But maybe she could be alive right now, with her daughter who just turned 6.

“Now she talks to her mom’s ashes.”

The Gazette’s Kaitlin Durbin contributed to this story.

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