CA Man Pleads Guilty to Tahoe Pedestrian Deaths

Christopher Smith: Pleaded guilty to reckless driving, causing death of Incline couple in 2011.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A Northern California man faces up to six years in prison after pleading guilty to reckless driving causing the death of an Incline Village couple who was hit in a pedestrian crosswalk at Lake Tahoe in December 2011.

The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza reports Christopher Torii Smith of Grass Valley, Calif., pleaded guilty in Washoe District Court last week in the deaths of Robert and Linda Mathis.

Smith was 25 at the time. His sentencing is scheduled in Reno on Aug. 12.

As part of a plea bargain, Smith's lawyer Michael Becker says he agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence. Each charges carries up to six years in prison. But in exchange, prosecutors agreed to allow him to serve the terms concurrently.