The man accused of hitting Sonoma State University professor Steve Norwick with his car last June has been charged with misdemeanor manslaughter, the Community Voice is reporting.
Norwick, a popular environmental studies professor died after being hit as he was riding his bicycle on Petaluma Hill Road on June 8, 2012.
The driver, 69-year-old Robert Cowart was already facing a felony hit and run charge, but prosecutors added a new charge this month after reviewing his records, according to the story.
Defense attorneys for Cowart say he suffered a stroke and may have had an aneurysm that prevented adequate blood flow to the brain. If convicted, Cowart faces up to four years in prison.
To read the full story, check out this week's issue of the Community Voice.